Perth & Kinross Council has introduced a new offer for tenants who are facing financial difficulties following financial difficulties as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic by implementing a temporary ban on evictions.
The Council has made the Offer that any tenant who has built up rent arrears and is talking to the Council to deal with the debt will not be at risk of losing their home.
Convener of Housing and Communities, Councillor Bob Brawn said:
“We have worked closely with tenants throughout the pandemic, and we know that many of them have suffered a significant financial impact.
“Redundancy, furlough and loss of income have affected a lot of people and we want them to know that the Council is here to help. Anyone who is struggling should contact us to take advantage of the wide range of support on offer.
“The temporary national ban on evictions that existed through the pandemic is no longer in place, but I can reassure tenants who are in arrears that their home will never be at risk if they are speaking to us about what we can do to help.
“This Offer provides a commitment to our tenants that as a Housing Service we will act compassionately when they are facing financial hardship and only pursue legal action as a last resort. Legal action will only be taken when a tenant fails to co-operate with us, despite our best efforts, or where it is urgently needed in cases of serious anti-social behaviour that impacts on neighbours.
“I would urge anyone who needs help to come forward. Taking the first step to ask for help is usually the hardest, but our staff will not judge anyone and are here to do their very best for our tenants. We never want to see anyone lose their home.”
Housing Service staff at Perth & Kinross Council will continue to support and engage with tenants struggling with rent payments and arrears to offer support.
Financial support offered by Perth & Kinross Council includes:
- Awards from our Tenancy Sustainment Fund
- Assistance through locality ‘Think Yes’ budgets
- Discretionary Housing Payments
- Benefits advice and help from the Welfare Rights Team
- Payments from the Council’s Financial Insecurity Fund
- Free school meals and clothing grants
- Council tax reduction and housing benefit
- The Scottish Child Payment Scheme
- Scottish Welfare Fund crisis grants
- Tailored advice and support from our Housing Support Officers
Any tenant who needs support should call their Locality Housing Team on 01738 476000 (option 2). Full details of the range of financial help available in Perth and Kinross can be found at www.pkc.gov.uk/FeelingThePinch