Are you a tenant or a landlord and have you or your tenant been impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic and struggled to pay their rent?
The Deputy First Minister announced earlier this year the Scottish Government’s intention to launch a £10m grant fund to support private and social rented tenants who have incurred rent arrears as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fund has now been launched and the Council has received an allocation of £138,000 to help those affected.
The main purpose of the grant is to prevent homelessness from occurring by supporting tenants who are at risk of losing their tenancy due to arrears. By contributing to the payment of rent arrears the funding may also assist both landlord and tenant to reach a repayment agreement as part of the pre-action requirements process.
As well as ensuring that the grant conditions are met, the Council’s housing options team might also investigate if there are other actions which can be taken to avoid the tenancy being lost.
The grant has the following conditions:
The funds allocated must be spent before 31st March 2022. In order to streamline the application and administration process before applying the following information should be included on each landlord application:
One of our officers will contact you within 10 working days to go through the process and information.
Applications received around or during the Christmas period will be assessed in January.
If you are a tenant looking for assistance please speak to your landlord regarding this grant or email firstname.lastname@example.org