Landlords needed to help Syrian refugees as homes cannot be found in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 20:00 19 October 2016

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An appeal for homes for refugees fleeing Syria due to the civil war has been launched by North Somerset Council as it is struggling to find places for families to live.

About 4.5 million people have fled Syria due to civil war and the threat of the jihadist group Isis.

The council agreed in February to find accommodation and support for three Syrian households.

But the council is now advertising for landlords who could provide a place for a family to live, as it is finding it hard to secure homes.

A council spokesman said: “We are struggling to access suitable accommodation for Syrian refugee families where the rent is within housing benefit rates and as a result have not been able to accommodate any refugees to date.”

The spokesman said the council agreed to support three families initially, but this could be increased once it has experience with supporting the refugees.

The authority is looking for landlords with family-sized properties, ideally two or more bedrooms.

Tenancy agreements lasting up to five years are preferred, because this offers more stability for the families. However, tenancies over 12 months will also be considered.

Anyone who is interested in helping should email tanya.pulsford@n-somerset.gov.uk or call 01275 888402.

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