The Scottish Government has introduced a new £10m grant fund to support tenants who are struggling financially as a direct result of the pandemic. The expectation is that tenants who are in rent arrears and are at risk of becoming homeless or do not have alternative sources of support will be able to apply for grant funding to pay off some or all of their arrears in order to sustain their tenancy. The grant does not need to be repaid.
Payments are being administered by local authorities and we have received an allocation of funding which is available until March 2022.
The fund is designed to be flexible and eligibility criteria are set by the Scottish Government, including:
- It is a one-off payment for tenants who have a rent arrear caused by an income reduction due to Covid 19 pandemic and accrued between 23 March 2020 to 9 August 2021.
- The grant is targeted at tenants who are at risk of becoming homeless and who do not have any other way of clearing the arrears.
- The money is paid directly to the landlord so that any benefits a tenant receives are not affected and that the payment is used to credit the tenant’s rent account to stop an eviction action.
- The landlord must have fully complied with PARS
The fund is open to people who rent from:
- A local authority,
- A Registered Social Landlord
- A private landlord who is registered on the Scottish Landlord Register.
You must have a tenancy agreement and funding will only be considered for rent arrears that have arisen between 23 March 2020 and 9 August 2021, up to a maximum of 12 month’s rent, as a result of having been financially impacted by COVID-19.
As part of the application process, officers will require to contact your landlord for further information to support your application.
The funding is available up to March 2022.