Council rent arrears rise to highest level since April

Rent arrears for Scotland’s local authorities have risen to their highest level since April after a reduction last month, new figures from the Scottish Housing Regulator have revealed.

New information published today from the Regulator’s October monthly dashboard report shows that, while rent arrears for Registered Social Landlords have fallen for the second successive month, the rise for local authorities pushing the combined amount to more than half a million pound.

The number of people who applied to local authorities as homeless remained stable, with just over 2,900 homeless applications made during both September and October. For the second month in a row there has been a small drop in the number of households in temporary accommodation; where just over 14,100 households remain. Almost 4,900 lets were made in October, which is 2% more than in September; and 40% of the lets made in October were to people who were homeless.

The report is designed to help the Scottish Government and social landlords to understand the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to support the work of the Social Housing Resilience Group.

Since April, all social landlords provide the Regulator with a monthly return of a small set of key measures that focus on the main areas of impact on landlords’ operations.

Landlords are due to submit the next monthly return on December 7.

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