As recent images of a lifeless Syrian boy washed up on the beach has shocked the nation, pressure has been put on the government to help those fleeing death and war in their home countries.
The government is not only feeling the pressure as landlords will also be expected to act by the National Housing Federation, stating ‘We expect social Landlords to offer support to refugees.’
As Scottish housing associations come together to decide how they would manage the new numbers of refugees in the current housing crisis, the NHF are hoping to work closely with local government partners to assure the resettlement of refugees.
The strain is expected to be eased as George Osborne has stated there will be funding towards things like housing costs for housing associations that are providing aid during this crisis.
As the history of many housing associations was originally to house refugees, the NHF is hoping that many will be happy to get on board and support these government programmes.
Wheatley group is one of the housing associations joining the discussion to decide how they can house those affected by the crisis.
They have said that they will be adapting their empty properties across Scotland in order to create temporary accommodation for those in need.
How the crisis will effect individual landlords will remain to be seen, although we imagine that some landlords will be expanding into this market.
As many agree that the crisis cannot be ignored, will the rest of the UK be following be example?