Housing Priority To Be Given To Flood Victims

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Housing Priority To Be Given To Flood Victims

Cotswold families who have been made homeless by the floods will be found temporary accommodation if none is provided by their insurers.

HomeView, the Cotswold District Council's agent for housing advice and homelessness, is giving priority to flood victims where necessary.

As a result, no HomeView properties for rent will be advertised under the choice-based lettings scheme for the next two to three weeks.

Portfolio holder for Community Services Cllr Sir Edward Horsfall said: "This means people on the housing register will not be able to bid for homes in the usual way, as those made homeless by the emergency will take priority.

"However, HomeView will of course continue to house people made homeless by other circumstances."

The Council stressed that those people with insurance should find out whether their insurers would cover the cost of temporary private accommodation before approaching Homeview for help.

Cllr Horsfall added: "We do not yet know how much demand there will be from flood victims but we do expect to have to house some residents while their homes are made habitable.

"We understand this may be frustrating for people on the housing register but hope they will understand the difficulties faced by those who have been flooded."

Homeview may be contacted on 08450 582099

Posted : 27/07/2007 19:11:12

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