Kingston Council renews call for landlords as second Syrian refugee family settles in Kingston
A family of five Syrian refugees have successfully settled in the borough following a Kingston Council campaign to find private landlords locally.
Following on from this achievement, the council is now renewing its call for self contained properties in Kingston in order to take in more displaced refugees.
The Home Office-funded Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme has now seen eight Syrian refugees settle in Kingston.
Competitive rents are offered within Local Housing Allowance Rates and in addition a landlord premium is paid in advance. Refugees housed through the scheme will be supported by a caseworker. The landlord premium and caseworker costs are funded by the Home Office scheme.
Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said:
“We could not have done this without the support of our community and partners. From helping to find and secure properties to joining us in preparing the home for the arriving family, it’s effort like this from volunteers that has helped this initiative to work. I’m hugely proud of Kingston for taking part in this scheme.
“Our first family joined us in March and have settled into Kingston well - they’re learning the language, volunteering locally, keen to find paid work and enjoying all our borough has to offer. I’m sure that our second family will follow in their footsteps and will contribute positively to life in Kingston.
“It’s important to say that we are appealing to private landlords to help with this scheme, rather than using our council housing stock. Finding homes which match the Home Office’s criteria isn’t easy, but I’m confident that, together with the community, we can find homes for those in need.”
In order to qualify for the funding, homes need to be self contained and available to rent for at least a 12 month period. To find out more, see our webpages on housing Syrian refugees.
If you have a property to rent to us, please contact David Hill, Kingston Council’s Accommodation Services Lead Officer on 020 8547 5412 or email [email protected]
Notes to editors
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees identifies Syrian refugees to be put forward for the relocation scheme. They are screened for security and assessed to meet the criteria which include being victims of torture or violence, women and girls at risk, and having physical or medical needs.