RENT Help For Tenants Hit By Pandemic

23 November, 2021 | Community Noticeboard

TENANTS in Inverclyde who have fallen behind with rent payments because of the covid-19 pandemic can now access a new housing support fund.

Inverclyde Council has launched the fund to help people in social and private rented accommodation locally who are at risk of becoming homeless through financial hardship caused by coronavirus.

The local authority has received £93,000 to run the scheme from a £10million Scottish Government fund to prevent homelessness and sustain tenancies by directly reducing, alleviating or paying off rent arrears altogether.

The grant covers arrears accumulated during the period 23 March 2020 until 9 August 2021 and arrears of up to a maximum of 12 months will be considered. Any arrears accrued before or after these dates will not be considered.

Councillor Stephen McCabe, leader of Inverclyde Council, said: “Many of our residents have been hit in the pocket as a result of the pandemic and now find themselves struggling to keep up with rent through no fault of their own.

“This fund will help the most vulnerable in society to keep a roof over their heads and ease the strain that can have on their financial circumstances, as well as their mental and physical wellbeing.

“It’s in nobody’s interest for people to become homeless and I hope this support will ensure that those most at risk can continue in their tenancies and get back on their feet.”

To apply and for more information, visit www.inverclyde.gov.uk/tenantgrantfund.

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