Tenant Grant Fund
Tenant Grant Fund for tenants in social housing and the private rented sector
The Scottish Government has set up a £10 million Tenant Grant Fund to be shared across councils to help tenants in social housing and the private rented sector, who are struggling financially and have fallen behind with their rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are administering the South Lanarkshire allocation from the fund. The aim is to help tenants to reduce or pay off rent arrears by awarding them a grant, which will be paid directly to their landlord to be credited to their rent account. The grant does not have to be repaid and the tenant must agree to maintain payments to their rent account going forward.
The Scottish Government have set the following eligibility criteria for the grant:
- the grant is available to council and Housing Association tenants and tenants who rent from a private landlord
- rent arrears must have been accrued between the 23 March 2020 and 9 August 2021
- the tenant is at risk of becoming homeless
- the grant is targeted at vulnerable individuals or households who do not have other sources of support
- payment to a landlord will only be made where the landlord agrees that any ongoing proceedings to end the tenancy will be stopped
The South Lanarkshire fund must be fully used by 31 March 2022 and will be distributed to tenants using the above criteria.
How to access the Tenant Grant Fund
If you are a council or Housing Association tenant, your Housing Officer will identify whether you are eligible to receive a payment from the Tenant Grant Fund. If you think you may qualify for a grant, please contact your local Housing Officer to discuss this further.
If you are a tenant in the private rented sector and you want to discuss whether you may be eligible to receive a grant, please contact YPeople by email SLRDS@Ypeople.org.uk or phone 0141 565 1200. YPeople are working with us to assess tenants in the private rented sector who may be eligible to receive a grant.
If you are a private landlord who has a tenant in financial difficulty, please also contact YPeople for advice and assistance.
If you are an advice agency working with a tenant who is in financial difficulty and you think they may be eligible to receive a grant, please contact us, the relevant Housing Association or YPeople for assistance.