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Emergency Accommodation Wanted

Opportunity for Property Owners and Landlords to work with Cornwall Council

We’re looking for suitable homes throughout Cornwall. These are to be used as temporary short-term accommodation for residents who find themselves in housing need. Ideally these will be in areas close to their networks of support, employment and schools.

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The Council has a statutory duty to provide emergency accommodation to eligible households. These households are homeless and in priority need. This is under section 188 of the Housing Act 1996. 

We need more accommodation as more residents find themselves in housing need. This could be for any number of reasons including:

  • becoming unemployed 
  • losing much of their income as a direct result of Covid-19 

They may now be being threatened with eviction from their private rented accommodation.

The Council is looking to work in partnership with accommodation providers. We want to commission furnished accommodation to meet this demand. We’re looking for all types of homes including:

  • houses 
  • flats 
  • accommodation on a holiday park 
  • rooms in houses of multiple occupation or hotels 

A high proportion of households presenting to the Council are ‘homeless tonight’. They are needing furnished accommodation which is immediately available.

If you are the owner or landlord of a property or properties, you can apply to be added to our Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

If you have accommodation available, you can apply for individual placements. This is on a case by case basis as long as your accommodation suits the requirements of the placement on the system. The agile system allows you, the accommodation provider, to bid only when you have availability.

The Council will pay you a set per night rate.

Ideally, the emergency accommodation will be close to local amenities and public transport. We are also seeking accommodation that is suitable for wheelchair users and has good accessibility.

Those presenting as homeless can include:

  • People with dependent children whose family is separated solely because of the need for accommodation;
  • People who are homeless or threatened with homelessness as result of any emergency such as flood, fire or any other disaster;
  • Persons vulnerable as a result of having to leave accommodation because of:
    • violence from another person or
    • threats of violence from another person
  • Persons vulnerable because of old age, mental illness, physical disability or other special reason;
  • Persons vulnerable as result of financial problems;
  • Pregnant women;
  • All 16 and 17 year olds;
  • 18 to 20 year old care leavers;
  • Persons vulnerable as a result of having been looked after, accommodated or fostered;
  • Former members of the armed forces;
  • Persons vulnerable as a result of having served a custodial sentence

Demand is higher than ever. This is because a ban on evictions during lockdown was put in place by the Government to prevent landlords from evicting tenants. This was so that tenants had somewhere safe to stay. This ban is set to be lifted on 11 January 2021.  The Council is expecting to see more households presenting as homeless as a result.

For more information please email: housingcommissioning@cornwall.gov.uk