Latest government advice for renters

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Posted on27 Mar 2020

Information about financial help from government

As a provider of care and housing services we are fully committed to supporting our tenants and residents through the challenges posed by Coronavirus.

We understand that some of you may be facing financial uncertainty, so we want to make it absolutely clear that we are here to support you.

Our staff have already telephoned around 800 residents across our sheltered housing schemes and those who live in our other communities, who are older, have a disability or other support needs, so that we can discuss with them the best way JRHT can help.

Support for renters

Yesterday, the Government published an update about the support they are providing to renters in response to Coronavirus. Some of the measures announced include:

A workers’ support package, as part of which the Chancellor announced the government will pay up to 80% of a worker’s wages, up to a total of £2,500 per month, where workers are placed on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Both Universal Credit and Housing Benefit will increase and from April, Local Housing Allowance, the housing benefit available to those who rent from private landlords, will be set at a level which covers the costs of private renters in the bottom 30% of the housing market.

Self-employed people will be able to apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month..

Additional protections for renters to avoid evictions as a result of any financial impact of Coronavirus. Landlords will have to give all renters 3 months’ notice if they intend to seek possession (i.e. serve notice that they want to end the tenancy) – this means the landlord can’t apply to start the court process until after this period. This extended buffer period will apply in law until 30 September 2020 and both the end point, and the three month notice period can be extended if needed.

Contact us

If you are struggling with your rent, please contact us directly. Once in contact, we can explore ways to support you.

If you have any other concerns, or would like any further information, please contact:

0800 587 0211 or [email protected]