Gedling Borough Council has today issued a plea to landlords and tenants, urging them to make contact if they are having problems with rent payments.
The council is working to promote the Call B4 you Serve service, as concerns grow that there will be a spike in evictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Call B4 you Serve is an independent service funded across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire by Central Government and provides an impartial service to both landlords and tenants to prevent evictions wherever possible.
The service can offer advice on financial support including help with payments towards rent arrears if someone is in danger of becoming homeless.
The service also provides direct support and advice on benefit applications around universal credit and other housing and rent support. The team can help set up applications and make sure applicants are getting the full support needed.
So far, the scheme has supported over 300 residents and 250 landlords.
The cost of someone presenting themselves to the council as homeless is around £2,500 therefore any prevention measures can reduce the cost significantly.
The council said one of their priorities is to reduce poverty and inequality in the borough as well as providing support for the most vulnerable people in the area.
Landlords or Letting Agents who need help can email [email protected] or call 01332 641 408.
Tenants facing difficulty can call Gedling Borough Council on 0115 901 3901 for a referral to the service.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “We understand that this coronavirus outbreak has created significant financial problems for many people which has resulted in rent arrears and the threat of eviction from their homes.
“Help is available and we are urging landlords to call us before they serve eviction notices. We can help with a number of solutions before they make someone homeless. We have assisted a number of landlords already, which has prevented evictions and ultimately another homelessness application.
“It is one of our main priorities to support the most vulnerable residents in Gedling and prevent rough sleeping and homelessness.”