Advice for private tenants

Covid Tenant Grand Fund

Tenant Grant Fund

The Scottish Government has set up a Tenant Grant Fund to provide financial help to tenants in social housing and in the private sector who are at risk of becoming homeless because they fallen have 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 have built up. The grants do not have to be repaid and are available to tenants in Council, Housing Association or Privately-Rented accommodation.

Payments are being administered by local authorities and the Highland Council has received an allocation of funding which is only available until 31st March 2022.

The scheme is designed to be flexible but there is an eligibility criteria set by the Scottish Government:

  • The grants are limited to helping with rent arrears that built-up between 23rd March 2020 and 09th August 2021
  • 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
  • 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.

From Monday 15th November 2021 we are in a position to consider enquiries relating to the Tenant Grant Fund. Initial enquiries can be made by tenants, landlords or third party organisations that are supporting either a tenant or landlord.  Enquiries should be directed to the email address below. On receipt of an enquiry, an Officer will make contact as soon as possible to collect the information required to assess eligibility for the Fund and to explain how the process will work. Please note that we may not be able to respond to your enquiry immediately but we will make contact as soon as possible.

If you feel that you or your tenant may be eligible for assistance from the Tenant Grant Fund, please email hannah.cox@highland.gov.uk or  Dominika.Moszczynska@highland.gov.uk  for an application form.

It would be helpful if you could provide a basic overview of the situation in your email but there is no need to provide full details as these will be collected by the Officer who responds to your email and through the application form.