The Scottish Government has set up a Tenant Grant Fund to help tenants in the private sector and social housing who are at risk of becoming homeless, because they've fallen behind with rent payments during the pandemic.
The grants will help tenants who have struggled financially as a direct result of the pandemic, allowing them to reduce or pay-off any rent arrears they've built up. This will also ease the financial pressure on private landlords whose tenants have been unable to pay. The grants don’t have to be repaid.
Councils are administering the payments and Fife has received a funding allocation which is only available until 31st March 2022. While anyone who meets the criteria can apply, we'll aim to ensure the money available is used to support households at the greatest risk of becoming homeless.
The scheme is designed to be flexible but there are criteria set by the Scottish Government:
- The grants are limited to helping with rent arrears that built-up between 23 March 2020 and 9 August 2021 to a maximum of 12 months within this period
- Grants can be used to make a full or partial payment of arrears depending on individual circumstances
- Grants will be targeted towards current tenants who are at risk of becoming homeless and do not have any other way of clearing the arrears
- Private sector landlords should be registered on the Scottish Landlord Register
- Landlords should have carried out steps to resolve the issue before making an application in line with pre-action requirements
- Payments will be made to landlords rather than tenants on the strict condition that the payment will be used to credit the tenant's rent account, and that any ongoing proceedings to end the tenancy will be ceased
How to apply
- Private tenants and landlords - use the online application form on this page
- Fife Council tenants - speak to your housing or rent officer
- Social tenants, for example Kingdom Housing - contact your social landlord
Tel: 03451 55 11 55.