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 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 North Lanarkshire Council has received an allocation of funding which is available until March 2022.
The fund is designed to be flexible but there is eligibility criteria 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 the 23rd March 2020 to the 9th 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 eviction action
The fund is open to people who rent from:
- a private landlord or letting agent
- a housing association or co-operative
- the council
The council has only recently received confirmation of this funding and how it should be administered from the Scottish Government. We are working to develop an online application process and will update this page as soon as possible.