Local private rent tenants urged to seek help early during COVID-19 crisis

Posted on Tuesday 7 April 2020

Local people who privately rent and are worried about meeting their rental payments during the Covid-19 crisis are urged to seek help as soon as possible.

With many residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole experiencing a change in circumstances, such as; reduced working hours, job loss or inability to work due to the coronavirus outbreak, this could have an impact on being able to afford to pay rent and puts their tenancy at risk.

Councillor Kieron Wilson, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “These are really challenging times for many people and we understand that if you privately rent and have lost your job or have reduced hours then meeting your monthly rental payments may be difficult and extremely worrying.

“I would strongly encourage private tenants to speak to their landlord, agent or the Council’s Early Housing Prevention Service as soon as possible. They are there to support and understand your personal circumstances and together will work with you to find a solution and put arrangements in place to help you.”

If tenants are able to continue paying their rent each month, they should continue to do so to ensure they maintain their tenancy.

Tenants who privately rent across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and would like free, confidential advice and support can contact:

earlyprevention@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or Let’s Talk Renting 01202 451474.