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Syrian refugees need help from Craven landlords

Landlords in Craven are being asked to come forward if they can help provide accommodation for Syrian refugee families.

Syrian refugee girl

Craven District, along with a number of other local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber, has agreed to resettle a small number of Syrian families in the district over the next few years.

Craven District Council anticipates that this will be around five families and the preference is to place them into properties in the private sector.

Landlords who come forward will be eligible for help from the council including funding for redecorations and support workers for the families.

Paul Ellis, Director of Services at Craven District Council, said: "We want to do what we can to help these families who have found themselves in terrible circumstances through no fault of their own.

"We are asking all landlords who would be interested in supporting this scheme to contact us for further discussions.

"We are looking for family houses of all sizes in Skipton, Crosshills, Glusburn or Sutton, but we would not discount offers of one bed accommodation, flats or bungalows." 

The refugees will be responsible for the payment of their own rent and will be initially claiming housing benefit when they arrive in the UK, so rents charged must be in line with the Local Housing Allowance rates.

Any property offered would have to be inspected by the council, and meet the necessary legal standards. In addition, landlords may be required to pass a "fit and proper person" test.

In return for providing accommodation, the council is able to offer landlords funding towards redecoration, flooring and curtains, payment for void periods, fast track housing benefit, a named point of contact within the council for any issues, bond and rent in advance, and a dedicated support worker for the family.

For further information, please contact Craven District Council's housing team on 01756 706466 or by email: housing@cravendc.gov.uk