NACCOM -agencies assisting asylum seekers to find housing
Hello! I wonder if anyone can help with a query from Scotland. We are working with an international charity that owns 2 ex local authority flats and will offer temporary accommodation for destitute asylum seekers while they access our project. We need to know what the legal status of those staying at the flats are and what rights they have. Also, does anyone have tips or advice about what to include in a signed agreement with “guests” and whether guests can be asked to leave without resorting to a court order? Your help is appreciated.
As I understand it, if they have been refused asylum, then they still have temporary admission to the UK until such time as they are removed. As long as they are complying with the Home Office requirement to report at a Reporting Centre, they are not doing anything illegal. Their ARC card and refusal letter will confirm their status.
Presumably they are not paying rent, so they do not need a tenancy agreement: I don’t think the new law about residence checks will apply, even if it is rolled out beyond the East Midlands, where it is currently being trialled. A licence agreement will suffice, and this will make it easy to evict, if that is necessary, as they will not have the same rights as a tenancy agreement. I can send over a copy of the Boaz licence agreement, and I would imagine that other NACCOM members will be able to let you see theirs too.
I am no lawyer, but I am fairly confident that the above is correct.
Thanks so much for your response. I have tried to research this myself but have found it really confusing! It would be great if we could have a copy of the Boaz licence agreement. I’m sure it would help us. Thanks again. Cath
Dear fellow NACCOM members,
One of our Ethiopian residents who has refugee status is looking to move out of our accommodation and away from Newcastle upon Tyne but he has no support network (and therefore no local connection) anywhere else in the country. In light of this – do any of your projects have space to accommodate him (as he will struggle to find accommodation otherwise)?
Many thanks for any help or signposting you can offer,
HOUSE INSURANCE. One of Abigail Housing’s house-owners was recently quoted a 150% increase in his buildings premium when he informed the insurer that the house now accommodates destitute asylum seekers. We tried getting the company to budge, but with no success. I then managed to get a vastly better quote (just 30% higher) from Rawlins Insurance Brokers in Stoke and the house owner has happily gone with this. If anyone else is interested, their contact is Hazel Rees (firstname.lastname@example.org / 01782 753000). They have 10 years experience of insuring properties housing asylum seekers. I have no personal interest in this company!
House Insurance – I too was quoted ridiculous amounts when I stated that I would be hosting a destitute asylum seeker. I went through several brokers and cheapest quote was over £1300! I eventually had a sensible and affordable quote from Cooperative insurance Services and recommend them. They simply quoted me for an extra adult non paying lodger without discriminating about their status.
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