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Covid-19 Tenant Grant Fund

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Overview

Glasgow City Council has received funding from the Scottish Government to provide grant assistance for tenants in the city at risk of becoming homeless after falling behind with rent payments during the pandemic.

The Covid-19 Tenant Grant Fund will help tenants who are at risk of losing their tenancy due to financial hardship as a direct result of the pandemic. The grant payment will allow tenants to reduce or pay off any rent arrears that have built up between 23 March 2020 and 9 August 2021.

The grants do not have to be repaid and are available to tenants in both social rented and private rented housing on the basis that any ongoing eviction action will cease.

Grant payment will be issued directly to landlords, and grant applicants are also encouraged to engage with tenant support organisations (details noted below) on an ongoing basis to further support tenancy sustainment.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for access to the grant is as follows:

  • Tenants within the Private or Social Rented Sector who have built up rent arrears, due to Covid19, between 23 March 2020 and 9 August 2021.
  • The landlord has agreed to cease any eviction proceedings related to the sums owed upon issue of the grant payment.
  • Tenants must still reside at the property in which their rent arrears were accrued.
  • Tenants must be notified that a grant application will be made on their behalf.

In addition to the eligibility criteria noted above, evidence checks will be carried out as part of any application.

Landlords will be asked to provide additional evidence including (but not limited to) rent statements demonstrating arrears, landlord registration, confirmation of bank details, etc.

How to Apply?

Applications for tenants in Glasgow living within the social rented sector are now open. To enquire about eligibility, please contact your housing officer or Registered Social Landlord immediately.

Glasgow City Council is currently working with partners to establish an application process for tenants within the private rented sector.  This website will be updated when applications open.

If you are a tenant in Glasgow and you have been threatened with homelessness then please contact our Community Homelessness Teams.


Additional Support

In addition to the COVID-19 Tenant Grant Fund, Glasgow City Council can offer alternative means of support options for individuals facing financial difficulty. Depending on your circumstances, tenant's may be eligible for Housing Benefit or Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP).

Please check the links below for more information:

 

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