If you’re renting your home and think you may struggle to keep up with the payments, you should act quickly to get the help you need and prevent your situation getting worse.
Contact your landlord or housing authority
Getting in touch with your landlord or housing authority can be daunting, but it’s important that you do so as soon as possible. The earlier you contact them, the sooner they’ll be able to help you.
Once they know you've been made redundant, they should talk through the options available to you, so you can come to an agreement you’re comfortable with.
Ignoring the problem could put you at risk of eviction, so contact them as soon as you can to tell them about any changes to your financial situation.
Discretionary housing payments
If you’re receiving certain benefits you may be able to apply to your local council for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) to help pay your rent while you’re out of work.
Each local authority has its own rules, so your council will look at your situation to decide if you’re eligible.
If they agree to give you a DHP, they'll let you know how much you’ll be paid and how long you’ll receive the payments.
Find out more about DHPs.