If you are threatened with eviction your situation is extremely serious and may result in you losing your home.

There is no guarantee that a Court will not evict households with children, and the Council generally has no obligation to re-house people who are evicted for non-payment of rent or anti-social behaviour.

Don’t ignore the problem.

There are things you can do and people who can help.

But you need to act!

Read any letters you receive carefully.  It explains how much rent you owe.  If you’re not sure what it means, or why you've been sent it, get in touch with us straight away. 

Your rent is your responsibility.  Even if you are getting benefit, it is up to you to make sure your rent account stays up-to-date.   If you cannot understand why you have arrears, you still need to contact us so it can be sorted out.

Get free help and advice.  We can refer you to the Council’s Money Advice Service for advice on benefits and help in managing all your debts, not just rent arrears.  You can also get your own advice from a solicitor or housing advice centre.

Don’t ignore the problem.

Your rent is a priority debt - if you don’t pay your rent, you could lose your home. 

The Council takes legal action because of rent arrears. In 2007/08:

  • 35 Court Orders were obtained against tenants who did not pay their rent.  

  • 17 tenants were evicted because they did not pay their rent as ordered by the Court.   This included families with children, single people and couples. 

Contact us straightaway and we can agree with you what you can afford to pay. 

Make sure you contact your Housing Officer on 01529 414155 so we can agree with you what will happen next.