The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) is in place from 4th May 2021, which may give someone in problem debt the right to legal protection from their creditors – through either a standard or a mental health crisis breathing space. For further information please see the Breathing Space information on Gov.uk.
On this page you can find information about rent arrears, how we can help prevent you building up arrears and what we will do to claim back your arrears. Rent is your most important debt and should be paid before any other bills to ensure you keep a roof over your head.
Help is available if you are having problems. Eviction is always our last resort and we would rather help you to stay in your home and help you pay your rent and arrears, but if you don’t pay your rent and do not contact us, then we can take you to court to repossess your home.
If you are evicted because of rent arrears and it is decided you have made yourself intentionally homeless, the Council has no obligation to re-house you. Other councils and housing associations may take the same view.