Propertymark is telling its letting agent members that they have a role in helping solve the Afghan refugee crisis.
It says some 11,000 refugees have been resettled within the UK and are living in hotels while waiting for suitable offers of accommodation and housing.
The government’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says lettings agents may have a role in moving these from hotels to homes.
Concentrating on major cities, such as London, Birmingham, and Manchester where there are already existing Afghan communities, DLUHC hopes to encourage suitable accommodation offers, particularly to house refugees in larger families or those who are experiencing financial constraints.
To ensure the housing for Afghan families is of an acceptable standard, properties must meet some essential criteria to be deemed appropriate. Housing offers that do not meet these criteria by the time the property is available will not be considered.
- be self-contained with no shared facilities
- not be a hotel or student halls of residence
- be available for a period of at least 12 months
-be able to meet the standard safety regulations and landlord responsibilities.
The UK government has created a portal for offers of accommodation - agents can access it here.