The government-funded “Homes for Ukraine” scheme connects Ukrainian refugees to UK residents who can offer accommodation.
Any UK resident (regardless of nationality) who has a spare room or house can become a sponsor as long as they are allowed to remain in the UK for at least six months and can offer suitable accommodation for at least six months. Organisations can also become a sponsor. You can easily register your interest on GOV.UK.
Should you have a specific Ukrainian family member, friend or acquaintance that you would like to sponsor, this can be requested.
If you do not have a specific person in mind, you can state your preferences, based on how much space you can offer and if the accommodation is suitable for young children.
As a sponsor, you cannot charge rent. However, the government will pay you £350 per month in arrears, per residential address.
All Ukrainians applying for a visa to enter the country will have met standard security checks against police and antiterrorism databases as part of their application process. They will also be eligible to work and apply for benefits once settled in the UK.
The Home Office will also conduct a security check on all potential sponsors and any other adults living at the address.
This scheme, while a considerable help to many refugees, may not be suitable for all landlords, so please seek advice beforehand.