Government Property Agency Seeks Short-Term Housing for Ukrainian Refugees

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The Government Property Agency is working to secure short-term housing for refugees from Ukraine. The agency issued an announcement to this effect on its website, appealing to property owners in Iceland to register accommodations that those arriving could potentially stay in for several weeks before they being moved to those municipalities that have agreed to receive and resettle them.

In order to qualify, the property must more than 20 rooms and “high-quality facilities for people in vulnerable circumstances.” The agency is specifically seeking housing—either in apartments, guesthouses, or hotels—that can house up to 50 individuals, including children, in the same building. Sought-after amenities include refrigerators in each room, shared cooking areas and/or an on-site restaurant, common areas, wifi, and laundry.

Parties who believe they have suitable housing to offer, either for free or as paid rentals, can register via a form (in Icelandic) on the Property Agency’s website. Filling out the survey does not constitute a formal agreement to provide said accommodations, rather is part of an ongoing market survey to determine housing availability.