The government passed legislation on 26 March 2020 that prevents eviction proceedings for a three-month period. Landlords have to give all renters 3 months’ notice if they intend to seek possession.
Meanwhile, landlords are protected by a three-month mortgage payment holiday where they have buy-to-let mortgage.
Landlords remain legally obligated to ensure properties meet the required standard – urgent, essential health and safety repairs should be made. A reasonable extension can be agreed for non-urgent repairs.
Please click here for the latest government advice for renters and landlords in the context of coronavirus.
If you are a renter and are experiencing issues paying your rent, discuss this with your landlord and also contact Housing Advice on (0191) 643 2520 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you may wish to seek advice from Shelter or Citizens Advice (https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus)
Safe and healthy homes
If your home is affecting your health our we can provide advice and guidance to help to resolve health-related housing issues and improve physical / mental health through referrals to relevant services and organisations.
We can provide information or advice on:
- heating issues, energy bills and fuel poverty
- damp and mould
- home safety - hazards and clutter
- outstanding repairs
- fire safety
We accept referrals from both professionals and residents.
To make a referral complete the online form in the Safe and healthy homes section.
You can also contact us at:
Safe and Healthy Homes
Telephone: (0191) 643 7585
Disabled facilities grants
From the 1st April 2018 a new policy is in place for Disabled Facilities Grants which is available to download.
Disabled Facilities Grants are:
- Mandatory grants for essential works to meet the disabled persons needs and that are reasonable and practicable, depending on the age and condition of the property.
- Available to owner occupiers and private tenants who have been referred to the Council following assessment of their medical needs by an occupational therapist or other appropriately qualified professional.
- Available up to a maximum grant of £40,000 (£30,000 National Grant plus £10,000 local discretionary grant).
- Discretionary grant of up to £10,000 available, subject to the applicant meeting savings criteria of less than £20,000
- Means tested based on income and capital of the disabled person and their spouse according to government regulations
For help with Disabled Facilities Grants, assessments and adaptations contact:
The Children and Adult Contact Centre (Gateway Team)
Telephone: (0191) 6432777 or e-mail email@example.com