Как подготовиться к концу вашего хостинга

In the Homes for Ukraine programme, hosts commit to offering accommodation to their guests for a minimum of six months. While some of the hosts may be happy to continue offering the property for longer, for many six months will be the maximum their property is available for. In this resource we share our tips on how to prepare for the hosting coming to an end and outline the housing options you may have when it does.

Узнайте в начале, на какой срок ваше жилье будет доступно

We realise that arriving in a new country, especially when you never planned to come here, is very difficult. Nevertheless, it is best to start planning for the end of hosting as early as possible. We know that many hosts are reluctant to talk about the amount of time they can host someone because they are afraid this may upset or unsettle their guests. If your host has not spoken to you about how long you can stay, we encourage you to ask them to clarify this. This way you will have as much notice as possible to prepare for the end of your hosting.  

Housing options when hosting comes to an end

Частная аренда жилья

The first option you have is renting an accommodation from a private landlord. While it is possible to get some funds from benefits (Universal credit) towards the cost of the rent, most landlords expect their tenants to work and be able to cover the rent from their own salary. Therefore, it is very unlikely you will be able to find your own private rented accommodation without employment.

Many people arriving to the UK are surprised by how expensive it is to rent a property here. It is best to try to understand as early as possible how much rentals are in your area. You can do this by going to websites such as Zoopla или Rightmove и искать недвижимость, которую можно арендовать в вашем районе.

There are challenges a person who has not been in the UK for a long time will face when looking for a private rented accommodation. Many estate agents will ask people to go through проверку кредитоспособности, which can be difficult to pass if you have only been in the UK for a few months. For those who cannot pass checks the estate agents may ask for six months of rent in advance or for a поручителя (someone who guarantees that they will pay the rent when you are not able to do so). If you are looking for private rented accommodation but do not have a guarantor or a deposit, then check with your Local Authority to see whether they are able to offer any help with this.

Также есть несколько пособий для тех who can not afford a deposit и those who can not find a guarantor.

Alternatives if you can not find independent accommodation

Повторний пошук спонсора

Some Local Authorities offer to look for another sponsor in their area for Ukrainian guests who are not able to find their own accommodation. This option very much depends on your Local Authority, and in some areas there may be more hosts than in others. You could also try looking for another sponsor yourself. This could be approaching people you already know locally or approaching local host groups and networks.

Муніципальне житло

We know that some people might have heard about council housing as an option to find affordable long-term accommodation. Unfortunately, in nearly all areas of the UK this will not be possible. Most Local Authorities across the UK already have exceptionally long waiting lists for housing.

Запобігання Безпритульності

In the worst case scenario, you can also ask for homelessness prevention support from your Local Authority. By law, your Local Authority will carry out an assessment to check if you are eligible for emergency housing. You can contact your Local Authority eight weeks in advance якщо знаєте, що можете залишитися бездомним. Щоб дізнатися більше, ви можете прочитати керівництво Shelter UK.