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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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A social landlord is to become only the second in the country to offer its tenants a shared accommodation option.

Marches Housing Association's scheme offers residents a place in a shared house with private lockable bedrooms, a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room. White goods such as cookers and fridges are also supplied.

Tenants will share the household bills and responsibility for housework.

The option has been recognised as an alternative for those struggling to meet the costs of renting. The maximum a single person under 35 can claim in housing benefit is £52 per week.

Ros White of Marches said: “We have been fortunate to receive Local government Grant funding which will pay for the necessary adaptations to a pilot property.

“Providing an affordable home for those who need a bit more help it is hoped that this initiative will improve opportunities for work for some and generally make life more affordable.”

The pilot home is due for completion in January and will be let via Homepoint, a local choice-based lettings provider.

Herefordshire-based Marches is part of the Jephson Housing Association Group which is responsible for 16,000 affordable homes across the country.

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