Tenancy Hardship Fund
Tenancy Hardship Grant for Private Rented Sector Tenants
Welsh Government have introduced a Tenancy Hardship Grant that is designed to support people who have fallen behind on their rent by more than eight weeks between 1st March 2020 and 30th June 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The grant is designed to help people stay in their homes and prevent them losing their tenancies.
The grant will be administered by the local authority and will be open to tenants who are not in receipt of housing-related benefits.
How to apply
If you think you are eligible for the scheme then please fill out the application: If you are experiencing issues whilst completing the application form or would like support to do this, please contact 01685 725000 or email HousingGateway@merthyr.gov.uk
When completed and received by the local authority your details will be checked and you will be contacted about your application. You will be expected to provide information on your income, how you have been affected by the pandemic, and how this has affected your ability to pay your rent. The local authority will then let you know whether your application has been approved or not. You may also be contacted if you need to provide more information.
To apply for a Tenancy Hardship Grant, you must have had financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic that meant that you have not been able to pay your rent.
- have built up 8 weeks or more of rent arrears between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2021
- have struggled to pay your rent or rent arrears due to Covid-19
- live in and hold a tenancy for a private sector property in Wales
- not have been getting housing benefit or housing cost payments through Universal Credit when you built up your rent arrears
- not have been able to fully pay your rent during the period when you went into arrears because of Covid-19.
What you will need
When you apply you will need to provide:
- proof of ID (a driving licence or a passport or a birth certificate with household bills that prove your address for the last three months)
- a copy of your bank statements for at least the past two months (including any saving accounts you have)
- a copy of your tenancy agreement
- evidence and explanation that you have not been able to pay your rent because of Covid-19 – which will include a review of your finances
The local authority will also ask you to provide a written statement from your landlord or agent confirming that you are a tenant of theirs and that you are in rent arrears.