Housing for Refugees

We are looking for landlords willing to rent their properties in Wandsworth to families fleeing from war in Syria.

Wandsworth Council has launched a new scheme and will guarantee rent and support the arrival and settling in of Syrian Refugees, but there is a desperate shortage of accommodation.

What properties are needed?

  • Self-contained, furnished properties, 2-4 bedrooms

  • Located within the borough of Wandsworth and offering an assured short-hold tenancy for at least two years

What will landlords receive?

  • Rental payments are guaranteed for at least 2 years, with funds provided by the Home Office

  • Payments will be slightly below market rates, based on the local housing allowance. The current (Jan 2017) rates in Wandsworth are: 2-bedroom rate £302.33 per week; 3-bedroom rate: £354.46 per week; 4-bedroom rate: £417.02 per week. Current rates can be found here

  • Rent will be paid one month in advance, with an incentive payment of £2,000

  • A dedicated caseworker to support the family

  • A way to provide life-changing support to a family fleeing from war

What do I need to do?

  • Right now we are creating a register of interested landlords: there is no commitment at this stage. If you know of property owners that might be able to help, have them email wandsworthwelcomesrefugees@gmail.com

  • If landlords are ready to put forward a property for inspection, they can contact the council directly by calling a member of the Temporary Accommodation Procurement Team on 020 8871 7333. Please email wandsworthwelcomesrefugees@gmail.com as well so we can monitor the council’s response.

Statement from Wandsworth Council in support of refugees

Councillors on Wandsworth’s housing committee have voiced unanimous support for a policy on the Syrian refugee crisis, and in particular how to meet the housing needs of refugee families.

“The council has shared the public's distress and deep concern at the plight of the Syrian people and welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitments to offer aid, support and sanctuary to so many of the most vulnerable and badly affected.

“We want to hear from residents, businesses or other organisations who could offer one or more self-contained properties in Wandsworth to a Syrian family on a rental basis.

“Where suitable accommodation can be identified the council will provide a range of help and support to the refugee families including a dedicated case worker to help them settle into the local community, access benefits, employment and local services like schools and doctors.”

For more information please contact us