Landlords in Plymouth are being encouraged to come forward and help rehome Syrian Refugees who have fled persecution and are seeking sanctuary in the UK.
Plymouth City Council has agreed to accept approximately 35 Syrian Refugee families over three years as part of the national resettlement scheme, and landlords with houses or flats (not just rooms) are needed. In September 2015 the Government announced that the UK would be providing sanctuary to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years, via support from local authorities.
Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Housing and Co-operative Development Plymouth City Council said: “We need local landlords who have properties available to come forward and provide a much needed roof over the heads of these vulnerable people who have been through so much. Importantly, we need landlords who are able to provide flats or houses, not just rooms, and it’s being managed by the local Easylet scheme, run by Plymouth Access To Housing (PATH).
“Plymouth, as both a welcoming city and a dispersal city for asylum seekers, has a rich and proud history supporting those in need of sanctuary from around the world, from the French Huguenots in the 16 century to the recent Syrian families. We value the contribution refugees make to the city’s economic, cultural and political life. We are very grateful to local landlords participating in this scheme, as they support us to fulfil our pledge to resettle vulnerable families to the UK.
“Refugees welcomed to Plymouth through the scheme will be supported to access opportunities to contribute to and benefit from being part of city’s future. In the long term, refugees will benefit Plymouth through their contributions and by increasing the diversity of our city. We hope and expect that the whole community will work together to ensure they are supported to enjoy a happy, healthy, and safe quality of life.”
How landlords can help
To help Plymouth’s resettle at least 20 more refugee families, we need independent accommodation – self-contained houses or flats – where families can live independent and productive lives.
Plymouth City Council and partners can offer a number of benefits to landlords renting their property to a refugee family, by:
- Managing the property through the Easylet scheme and managing relations with the tenants
- Offering possible support with one-off set up costs
- Ensuring consistent rent, based on the local housing allowance rates.
- Paying up to 8 weeks void costs until the family arrives.
If you are a landlord who would consider renting a property to accommodate a refugee family – or you know someone who is – please get in touch with us by email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know where the property is. We will get in touch with you to discuss how to progress the offer.
Houses or flats, not rooms
We know that some people would like to offer spare rooms. We are grateful for these offers, but the government requires that we provide self-contained housing where families can lead independent lives.