MEDIA RELEASE

Wealden District Council is urging its 3,000 council house tenants to get in contact if they are unable to pay their rent, or are getting into arears. Private tenants concerned that they could face eviction should also contact the Council.

“We recognise that some of our own council house tenants will have experienced financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and this could potentially lead to a rent arrears situation,” said Councillor Ray Cade, Wealden Cabinet member for Housing

“We would like to reassure all residents who have fallen into arrears between March and August 2020 that we will continue to manage arrears cases sympathetically.”

This means the Council will not systematically resort to court action when the protection from eviction regulations end on 20 September 2020.  Provided residents make an agreement with us to clear the rent and service charge arrears when they are able, and that this agreement is consistently maintained, we will not seek possession of the property. 

However to be clear, this protection does not apply to:

  • Tenants who were in arrears before the lockdown period.
  • Tenants who have not actively engaged with the Housing Income Team.
  • Tenants who have not made any rent payments between March and August 2020.

We would strongly encourage any tenant who is unable to pay their full rent or who is in rent arrears to contact our Housing Income Team as soon as possible. We can discuss how we can support them to achieving a clear rent account, even if it is over the longer term.

Wealden’s Housing Team can be contacted on 01323 443322 or via email on rents@wealden.gov.uk

Tenants renting in the private sector who are concerned about their landlord seeking to take possession action, or who have been served a notice which may result in them being made homeless, should contact our Housing Options Team on 01323 443322 or via email at housing.options@wealden.gov.uk

For further information:

      Cllr Ray Cade, Cabinet member for Housing & Benefits, Wealden District Council. Tel: O1435 864453. Email: cllr.ray.cade@wealden.gov.uk     Andy Vincent, Head of Housing & Property Services, Wealden District Council. Tel: 01323 443364. Email: andy.vincent@wealden .gov.uk                  Or      Jim van den Bos Communications Officer, Wealden District Council. Tel: 01892 602745 Email: jim.vandenbos@wealden.gov.uk