Private sector leasing scheme

This scheme was established in 2005 in a bid to tackle the rising number of homeless households living in bed and breakfast accommodation in the district.
Properties are leased from the landlord and let by the Council to people who are homeless or to other vulnerable households.

We are responsible for managing the property and the tenancy agreement will be between the Council and our tenant.


The scheme offers private landlords a three-year lease with the provision that the lease may be extended for a further one year by mutual agreement.

We pay a fixed 10 per cent reduction on the market rent level as assessed by the Councils Asset Management Service and pay rent to the landlord one month in advance, usually at the beginning of the month.

We are responsible for the repair and replacement of any deliberately damaged items; however the landlord is responsible for the general maintenance of the property, the exterior of the building, insuring the property and other specific requirements as set out under the terms of the lease.

This is similar to the leases with which landlords are already familiar.

Private landlords who join the scheme will benefit from:

  • No void costs
  • Long lease term
  • Guaranteed monthly income
  • One point of contact within the council
  • Enhanced accommodation management

Private Landlords interested in this scheme must also be registered as a Responsible Landlord with the Wakefield Responsible Landlord Scheme.

If you would like further details concerning the Wakefield Responsible Landlords Scheme please contact Strategic Housing on 01924 306665.

Contact us

Housing Needs Service

Queens House
Queens Street

01924 304362 / 304360 Homeless enquiries - 01924 304359 Single Point of Access