People in bed and breakfast accommodation in London may be moved to the north.
A London council is seriously considering the idea after a surge of people having to be put into emergency accommodation, many of whom can no longer afford their private rent.
In the last three years, the number of families that Croydon Council in south London has put into bed and breakfast has rocketed from 61 to 300.
The council says that caps to Local Housing Allowance have hit private tenants on housing benefit. Job losses are also to blame.
The council has confirmed it is now looking at housing people in other parts of the country where rents are cheaper and there are more homes available. The authority insists it will not attempt to move people without their consent.
Dudley Mead, cabinet member for housing, finance and asset management, said: “We don’t seem to be able to raise the supply of temporary accommodation.
“I told officers to look outside Croydon to find housing: we will take it from wherever we can.
“At the moment we are talking about the north and some of the Yorkshire towns.”