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Support available for private renters struggling with rent payments

Published on Monday, 17th January 2022

During the Pandemic some private renters have built up rent arrears. The Government not only recognises this but also that some households may need additional support.

Recently it has been announced that additional funds to reduce the risk of these vulnerable households being evicted, and becoming homeless, will be made available to local authorities in 2021/22. 

The funding will be targeted to those who need it most to help them get back on their feet and each household application will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

The funding will be in the form of a one-off payment is to support low-income private renters with COVID-19 related rent arrears in particular. 

Any payment is also likely to be paid directly to the existing landlord, or a new landlord if the money is being used to support a household to find a new home. This funding will mean more landlords will be able to reach agreements with existing tenants, the end result being less evictions and less homelessness.

To apply, please email providing details of the circumstances for initial review. Applicants should be aware that the funding is time and budget limited and will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis to those who qualify.

Cllr Clare Golby, Portfolio holder for Housing and Communities was delighted with the news and said:

“Most people think the council can only help their own tenants but we can offer a wealth of advice and some targeted support to private renters too. We and the government know people have been struggling financially due to the effects of the pandemic and hope this support will enable families to stay in their homes, reducing the worry and easing communication between landlords and tenants.”