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Campaign: Help for renters to keep their homes

Our campaign shines a spotlight on the risks faced by the nearly half a million private sector tenants now in rent arrears.

Our latest research has identified a £360 million wall of rent debt built up during the pandemic. Combined with cuts to Universal Credit, this threatens to leave hundreds of thousands of tenants facing long-term housing insecurity and problem debt


Homes are at risk

Sue is worried about eviction

The Covid pandemic has caused a steep drop in income for millions of households because of the public health restrictions and economic impact of the pandemic.

This financial strain has continued to grow as the pandemic has worn on, causing millions of households who were managing before the pandemic to fall into real financial difficulty.

Private renters have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and over half have experienced a drop in income.

Clare is on Universal Credit and is struggling

People will struggle to recover as their spiralling debt risks causing hardship and damage well beyond the direct financial impact, including:

  • Mental illness
  • Homelessness
  • Negative credit ratings
  • Prolonged housing insecurity

The inevitable struggle to recover will result in an increase in public spending on re-housing people, supporting mental health and supporting financial recovery.

What's the solution?

We’re calling on the Government for:

  • Emergency financial support to help people pay rent arrears
  • The £20 cut to Universal Credit to be scrapped

We have joined with other organisations to propose how a scheme could be delivered by the UK Government.

We call for financial support for renters

Want to know more about the Covid debt crisis?

Take a look at our latest report, explaining more about the true scale of the coronavirus debt crisis.

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