A council’s own lettings agency is coordinating the call for landlords to house Afghan refugees, in one of the country’s most hard-pressed locations for rental stock.
A statement from the council - South Hams, in Devon - says: “There is now a pressing need to find accommodation for people fleeing from Afghanistan as well as rising demands for housing for local people who have been asked to leave their homes through no fault of their own.”
The council - using its in-house lettings agency SeaMoor Lettings - says it is specifically looking for family-sized properties in Totnes to support a family fleeing from Afghanistan.
It says: “If anyone has a property anywhere in the District that is available to rent please email email@example.com to find out more about the landlord support available.”
South Hams council deputy leader Hilary Bastone says: "The lack of affordable private rented accommodation in the area also continues to mean many families face long periods of time in temporary housing situations whilst we struggle to secure them long-term homes. The problem is that we simply don't have enough properties to meet our local needs. That's why we are asking landlords in our local communities to come forward now and help us offer a solution.
"We also continue to reach out to landlords to sign up to our SeaMoor lettings scheme, which offers a full property management service.
“We are hopeful that the community of South Hams will show their generosity and that we will receive offers of accommodation to help those relocating from Afghanistan and those local families who are also in need of homes."
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