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Council offers five-year tenancy agreements to house Syrian refugees

Landlords with family size homes in East Devon are being urged to rent their properties to vulnerable Syrian refugees after East Devon District Council (EDDC) accepted families from the war-torn country.

The first of several families have already been placed in Sidmouth and the council is now seeking more vacant homes.

The authority is offering five-year tenancy agreements and rent will be in line with the local housing allowance.

An EDDC spokesman said: “Housing that would be suitable for families is urgently needed, so properties with two bedrooms and upwards would be ideal.

“Obviously, any houses suggested to the council should be in good order and well maintained.

“Furnished and unfurnished accommodation will be equally welcome and both rural and urban locations will be considered.

“EDDC will manage any properties and will provide tenancy agreements lasting five years, as resettled refugees are being granted five years’ Humanitarian Protection status.

“The rent will be in line with the local housing allowance.”

Registered Landlords who are interested in finding out more should contact Andrew Mitchell either by phone on 01395 517469 or email on amitchell@eastdevon.gov.uk.

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