Moving on advice
We are proud to support the Homes for Ukraine programme, with hundreds of residents providing space in their homes to those fleeing the war in Europe. We also understand that Ukrainian households who have come to the UK may wish to settle here permanently and explore their housing options.
Private rented accommodation
Seeking accommodation in the private rented sector is the fastest way for households to secure their own accommodation. Most private lets are assured shorthold tenancies which have a fixed term of six or 12 months, most tenancies continue after this period ends. When you enter into a fixed term tenancy, you’re committing to the tenancy for that whole period.
What can I afford and where can I live
You can work out benefits you can claim, what you can afford and where you are able to live using the Entitled To website. This tool links directly with some of the UK’s largest renting websites to show you suitable properties which you can afford based on your household’s income.
Our Homefinder team offers incentives to landlords in the private sector. For households who have come to the UK under the Homes for Ukraine scheme and are currently living in Maidstone, we can provide a combination of:
- a cash incentive to a landlord or agent
- a bond in lieu of a deposit
- up to one month rent in advance
In addition to this the Homefinder team also provide:
- a professional inventory and checkout
- support to tenants for the duration of the tenancy
If a household identifies suitable accommodation in the private rented sector, they should email our Homefinder team. Alternatively, to discuss properties with a member of staff they can be visited at:Trinity
20 Church Street
The property does not need to be in Maidstone, and can be anywhere in the UK. Any landlords who are interested in letting their property to a Ukrainian household can also contact us using the above information, where we will undertake a matching exercise to find you a tenant for your home.
Help for those at risk of homelessness
A household may be entitled to assistance from us as being homeless or threatened with homelessness if they:
- have received a notice
- have been told to leave their home
- no longer have a legal right to occupy their home
- have been prevented from accessing their home
- are at risk of abuse or violence if they were to remain at home
If any of the above apply, individuals should contact us at the earliest opportunity to receive housing advice from our specialist team.
If you are currently at risk of homelessness you should complete our assessment to receive advice and notify our team. Alternatively, you can visit our offices:Trinity
20 Church Street
The government has updated advice to councils that includes rematching sponsors and guests under the Homes for Ukraine initiative. Finding an alternative sponsor with suitable accommodation that you can stay with will be part of the various housing options we will explore with you. A database of potential sponsors has been compiled in conjunction with Kent County Council’s Refugee Support Team and together we will seek to place you with another sponsor.