Ryedale residents urged to get housing help in the aftermath of COVID-19: Council prioritizes key services during COVID-19

14 Jul 2020

Ryedale residents urged to get housing help in the aftermath of COVID-19

Ryedale residents who are struggling to pay their mortgage or rent are being urged to get in touch with the District Council, so they don’t put themselves at risk of losing their homes.

During COVID-19 mortgage and rent breaks are on offer, which are a temporary measure introduced by the Government to prevent homelessness in the short-term. Ryedale District Council is urging citizens to get help sooner, rather than later, as many may still struggle to pay their mortgage and rent in the longer term.

Cllr Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council said:

“Our priority throughout this pandemic is to support the citizens of Ryedale, especially those whose lives and livelihoods are most at risk as a result of COVID-19. As the mortgage or rent breaks come  to an end in a few months’ time, citizens may face financial difficulties. Plus, landlords may find themselves with tenants who can’t pay the rent. Whatever the situation, it’s better to get help sooner rather than later and the council is here to step in with advice and support right now.”

Ryedale District Council’s housing team is on hand to provide advice, negotiate with landlords, refer for debt advice, help maximise income, look for charity payments and advise about benefit entitlements and housing law.  They can also refer to a range of specialist support agencies if appropriate.  Landlords can get help and support with communication issues, mediation issues, dealing with tenants in arrears and leasing their property.

If a citizen feels that they could face difficulties paying their mortgage or rent, they can phone Ryedale District Council’s housing team on 01653 600666 or send an email to housing@ryedale.gov.uk

Citizens who are homeless or threatened with homelessness can alternatively access the District Council’s portal which links directly to the housing team: https://live.housingjigsaw.co.uk/accounts/account/register

A housing officer will then get in touch to talk through the options and the support that may be available.

Landlords are also being encouraged to phone or email the housing team for advice. They too can get 1:1 tailored advice and support to navigate these difficult times.

Citizens having difficulty paying rent may also experience difficulty paying their council tax. Ryedale District Council’s Revenues and Benefits team can help advise citizens with council tax issues by signposting them to claim Council Tax Support, or Universal Credit.

General housing information can also be found on https://www.ryedale.gov.uk/living-here/housing/homelessness/homelessness-prevention.html