The Government has suggested homes need to be safe, in a “clean, reasonable” state, have adequate kitchen and bathroom space, smoke detectors on each floor, a gas safety check within the past year and doors and windows at entry level that lock properly.
But some councils have gone further. South Derbyshire District Council asked on its form: “Is the property free from hoarding?” Buckinghamshire required that outdoor play equipment should be safe and securely attached and greenhouses should have safety glass.
On Friday, ministers are expected to reveal that the number of granted applicants under the Homes for Ukraine scheme has passed more than 10,000. It was 9,000 of more than 32,000 applications on Tuesday, but it is thought around only 1,000 refugees have arrived.
However, there are still families who applied when the scheme officially opened on March 18 who have yet to be approved, even though they have been waiting nearly three weeks.
The Earl of Shrewsbury, a Tory peer, told the Lords: “What on Earth is going on? Every country in Europe is accepting these displaced people, yet we appear to be placing every barrier in their way. It’s a total disgrace.”