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Coronavirus update

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5. Struggling to pay your rent

If your income has been impacted by the pandemic you may be eligible for help towards the cost of your rent. There is no payment break for people renting their home, unless your landlord agrees to this.

  • Universal Credit may help towards your rental costs
  • Discretionary housing payments can be applied for through the council. This is short-term assistance to top-up your rental costs, based on your income
  • Coronavirus Hardship Fund is a specific fund for households that have been directly impacted by the pandemic. It helps towards costs of basic necessities and household essentials of up to £200 per application

 

Can I stop paying my rent because of the pandemic?

Only if your landlord agrees in writing, advising you are not liable to pay rent, or is willing to accept a reduced rent. There is no payment break for people renting their home.