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Homes for Ukraine



We have worked with volunteer groups in the recent past to secure accommodation for refugees and we are currently looking at what we can do to support those who have fled the Ukraine.

As the Government has just launched the Homes for Ukraine scheme, we know some of our residents may have a spare room and will want to help.

If you want to do this, it’s important that you let us know first.

Our standard tenancy agreements say you have the right to take in lodgers as long as:

  • it doesn’t lead to overcrowding,
  • you don’t grant a tenancy,
  • you take responsibility for the people who live with you, and
  • you get our agreement first.

If you’re a shared owner or leaseholder, the situation will be different. Please contact us so we can look at your tenancy agreement or lease.

If you do register to become a sponsor there is a lot of detailed information on the Government website here.

Before applying here are some things to think about:

  • You will be paid £350 per month from the Government as a goodwill payment, and will not be able to charge the person/family rent. The Government has confirmed that this payment will not be treated as income for the purposes of benefit entitlements, but we are seeking clarification on how this exemption will work in practice
  • Accommodation must be available for at least 6 months, be fit for people to live in, and be suitable for the number of people to be accommodated.
  • You should consider what sort of support you are best able to provide and who you are most comfortable to support. Everyone who applies to this scheme will be subject to a range of checks, including those in the sponsoring household and those coming to the UK.
  • Eligibility checks will be carried out which may include a visit to your home.
  • All those from Ukraine coming to the country under the scheme will be able to apply for benefits and to seek and take up employment.
  • The Government are asking for people to provide accommodation, not food or meals, however, there is nothing stopping sponsors from offering meals should they wish to.
  • You will not be expected to cover the costs of food and living expenses.
  • There are other organisations who will be able to offer support on things like access to benefits, registering with a GP, school placements etc. We will provide guidance with links to such organisations so you can help to sign the post. The Government will be asking local councils to provide wrap-around support for your guests and is providing new funding for the councils to do so.

Read more about Homes for Ukraine.