April 1, 2020 2.48 pm This story is over 17 months old

Lincoln council puts in new coronavirus support for tenants

Rent free weeks will be brought forward

The City of Lincoln Council said none of its tenants will lose their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak as it announced a number of support packages today.

In a bid to support its tenants against the break-out of COVID-19, the authority has  brought forward its rent free weeks for the 2020/2021 financial year.

Those eligible for the relief will now get it on April 6 and 13, 2020, instead of over the Christmas and New Year period.

The council has also introduced a Discretionary Rental Hardship Payment Fund to support those whose income has been directly affected by the coronavirus outbreak are struggling to meet their rent.

It will be in addition to the usual discretionary housing payments available to tenants and will be a one-off payment made directly to tenant’s rent accounts.

Councillor Donald Nannestad

Councillor Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing at City of Lincoln Council said: “Many tenants are facing uncertainty with their income and we hope that by bringing their rent free weeks forward, our tenants will have a little more certainty about their finances at this difficult time.

“This will also help to limit the amount of rent arrears they may accrue during this time.

Tenants with queries can email [email protected] about the rent free weeks, or [email protected] about the housing payments, with their name, address and contact telephone number along with a summary of your circumstances.

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