Shared homes available

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said John Lawrence, Head of Housing Management. People aged 21 to 35 who can’t afford to rent or buy a home alone are being offered the chance to share a furnished home.

We are launching our Share First scheme aimed at addressing the problems faced by single young people who cannot afford to rent and will no longer be able to access sufficient housing benefit payments to cover the cost.

“Shared homes are a popular choice for people in other areas so we want to trial it here to see if there is any interest.” said John Lawrence, Head of Housing Management.

Ten two-bedroom, furnished, flats in Scunthorpe will be offered as shared homes at around £65 per week, which includes rent, service charges and Council Tax (based on 2017/18 rates). Exact rates will depend on the property and tenants will be responsible for paying for utilities but it still provides a much more affordable option.

The two tenants will have their own secure bedrooms but share the living room, bathroom and kitchen, which will be furnished.

“The homes come fitted with a fridge freezer, washing machine, electric cooker and vacuum cleaner and we will furnish the living room so tenants only have to furnish their own bedrooms” added Mr Lawrence.

Tenants will benefit from all the additional services offered by Ongo, including employment support, training, volunteer programmes and financial advice.

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