Landlords are calling on the Government to provide guidance on how they can flag up property that is available to families fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Government has doubled the number of people it initially said would be able to come to the UK from 100,000 to 200,000.
So far, the UK has said it will only take those with partners or family in the UK, together with some without family ties via a new sponsorship scheme.
However, there has been huge pressure for the Government to show more humanity in the face of the hundreds of thousands of women and children fleeing the indiscriminate Russian attacks on their homes.
‘We urge private landlords to help’
“The scenes unfolding in Ukraine have been shocking. It is right that the UK provides all the support needed to those fleeing the conflict,” said Ben Beadle (right), chief executive of the National Residential Landlords’ Association (NRLA).
“We urge all private landlords to consider what accommodation they might have available to house those who want to come here.
“To assist with this, it is vital that the government swiftly provides details as to how landlords can easily register properties that might be suitable for those who need homes.”
Prime minister Boris Johnson yesterday rejected calls to scrap the visa requirement altogether in the face of the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War, saying the UK had security concerns.
More than 1.5 million refugees have left Ukraine since the invasion started, according to UN estimates.
“We are a very, very generous country,” Johnson told journalists. “I think it’s sensible given what’s going on in Ukraine to make sure that we have some basic ability to check who is coming in.”