Recently, Hull Daily Mail reported that more than 150 Hull tenants had been evicted by landlords in the past year.
The figures released by the Ministry of Justice, revealed 156 tenants were evicted between April 2016 to March 2017. The most common reason for lease termination and tenant eviction is falling behind on rent payment and building up arrears.
Why does this happen?
It is understandable that people may reach a time when they struggle financially. If you’re aware that you’re going to struggle with paying your rent the best thing that you can do is speak to your landlord and ask for extra time and be clear on how you will address the issue so the situation does not occur again.
If you do find yourself in a sticky situation regarding rent, we are here to help with communication between tenant and landlord. Contact us on 01482 564564
Things to check if you have rent arrears
Getting into rent arrears can be a very distressing situation. But, if you don't take action quickly, you could be at risk of losing your home.
As previously mentioned, your first step would be to make contact with your landlord to explain the situation and try to make arrangements regarding settling the owed payments.
However, you might not be responsible for all the arrears if:
- you're not the tenant or someone else you live with owes the money
- you took over the tenancy from someone else and your landlord is trying to charge you for rent from before you took over the tenancy
- Housing Benefit haven’t paid you all that you’re due.
If there's a written tenancy agreement which has your name on it, you will be responsible for both the rent and any arrears which have built up.
Speak to our team if you’re unsure of your tenancy agreement.
What to do if you find yourself in rent arrears
In most cases, it will be clear as to why you have a financial problem, perhaps your income has changed suddenly or you have had a change of circumstance in your home.
Either way, you need to create a plan, as being late repeatedly could lead to eviction and result in a bad reference from the landlord which can make it difficult to rent in the future.
Look at ways that you can reduce your monthly expenses, or ways you can boost your income. If the situation is likely to become a long-term problem however, it may be best for you to speak to your landlord to discuss potential options.
How can we help?
We’ve been dealing with landlords like yours for many years, so we know how to make sure everything is handled as fairly as possible. If you’d like to discuss your situation or get some advice, we’re on-hand 24/7. Relax - we’re here to take care of everything.
Our Residential Manager, Paula Reading, comments:
“We can only comment on the private rental sector, however we understand that evictions can and do happen. Non-payment of rent is the biggest cause of a relationship breakdown between landlord and tenant. We have measures in place to ensure that if a tenant does slip into arrears, they would be notified immediately, giving them the chance to rectify the problem.”