In July I launched the £10m Tenancy Hardship Grant for tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) who are in serious rent arrears as a result of the pandemic.  Following discussions with local authorities and other partner organisations, I have decided to make the following changes to the Tenancy Hardship Grant.

The current eligibility period for arrears will be extended to include Covid-related arrears built up between 1 July 2021 and 31 December 2021, as well as the previously allowed Covid-related arrears built up from 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2021. This means that tenants who lost their jobs following the removal of the furlough scheme in September, or who suffered a significant decrease in income when the Universal Credit uplift was removed by UK Government, and who were not in receipt of housing related costs, will be included.

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