September 2020


More than a third of furloughed private renters are worried about being able to pay their rent when the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends, according to new research published recently by think tank, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The research, based on a sample of 1,031 private renters in a YouGov survey of 6,430 UK adults, demonstrates what the foundation calls “the precarious situation faced by many households who are renting privately.”The government recently temporarily increased the amount of support private renters can get for their housing costs, known as Local Housing Allowance (LHA) up to the cheapest 30 per cent of local market rents.  In the ABC Council area this is currently at £102.00 per week (up from £92.11 per week) for a 3-bedroom property.This increase will be a small help to people in the short-term, but job losses are forecast to be at a record high, with the worst…