Helping hand for struggling renters

Residents who have fallen behind with their rent because of the Covid-19 pandemic can apply for financial help from the district council.

In addition, landlords with tenants who have fallen behind with their rent payments can apply for support for their tenants, on their behalf.

Rother District Council has launched its Support for Vulnerable Renters’ Scheme to help people avoid eviction, find a new home and prevent homelessness this winter.

The new scheme makes £97,000 available to tenants, with the district council working with charities and the voluntary sector to promote the scheme.

Cllr Terry Byrne, the district council’s portfolio holder for housing and homes, said: “The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be felt by many of our residents. I hope this new scheme will give those struggling to make ends meet as a result a little breathing space and peace of mind.

“This funding will help stop possible evictions or help those in financial difficulty to find new accommodation.  It will also benefit landlords who in, some cases, have faced difficult times themselves due to tenants losing employment and falling behind with their rent.

“I really would encourage anyone continuing to struggle financially to get in touch and find out how we can support them.”

The Support for Vulnerable Renters Scheme will run until March next year with the aim of helping as many people privately renting as possible.

Applications for support from both tenants and landlords can be made here.

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Published: 10th December 2021