Help on offer for council tenants
Dudley Council is offering help and support for its council housing tenants who might be financially impacted from the coronavirus outbreak.
The authority announced earlier this week that it was suspending legal and enforcement action and that court hearings scheduled from today would be cancelled.
Anyone who is facing loss of income or other financial strains related to the outbreak can call the council rent income team on 0300 555 0010 for help and advice.
The team is also signposting tenants who may be facing financial difficulty to additional information and services.
People are reminded that those who can pay their rent should continue to do so as normal.
Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing, said:
These unprecedented times call for swift action and support for any of our tenants who may have been left affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
We continue to work together as a community to do all we can to protect and safeguard our residents and a text message will be sent to tenants who might be affected next week to remind them that our help and support is available.
We are also looking at ways to get help for people who are struggling with private rental and I would ask those residents to keep up to date with the latest announcements from national government at this time.
People can find out more about the national response to the Coronavirus outbreak at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and anyone struggling to meet mortgage payments is advised to contact their lender for help and support.
Details of Dudley Council’s response to the virus, including latest national advice and how to access council services and support, can be found at www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus