Struggling To Pay Your Rent?
We know it can be a difficult and stressful time if you do fall behind with your rent, but please do not ignore it, talking to us is an important first step. If you're struggling to keep up with your rent payments please contact us straight away and a member of our Income Team will see how we can help.
If you find yourself in rent arrears we will help by agreeing an affordable payment plan in order to clear your account and get you back on track. However, you need to be realistic about how much you can afford to pay, we don't want you to agree to any arrangement that will cause unnecessary stress.
If you fail to adhere to an agreed payment plan and do not work with us to try and recitify your arrears we will take legal action, which may risk your tenancy.
Help us to help you, by keeping us up to date with changes in your circumstances. The sooner we know there is a problem, the more we can do to help you resolve it.
Help With Your Rent
Do you qualify for Housing Benefit payments? Contact your Income Services Officer on 01387 321300 for guidance and assistance in completing an application. Housing Benefit can help you with all or part of your rent and for your convience payments can be made directly to Loreburn Housing. If you only qualify for partial Housing Benefit, we will expect you to pay the shortfall not covered by Housing Benefit.
Please be aware some new benefit claims are now being processed as Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit, contact Dumfries and Galloway Council for more information. Also for benefit entitlement the Turn 2 Us website offers a range of advice.
I Have Applied For Help With My Rent - What's Next?
If you are currently waiting for your benefit claim to be assessed by Dumfries & Galloway Council, you need to keep us informed. You will be expected to continue paying your rent in the meantime to ensure your account does not slip into arrears, our Income Team will be able to help you set up a payment plan if required.
If you would like Loreburn to be able to assist with your benefit claim or discuss it with Dumfries and Galloway Council on your behalf you will be required to complete a consent form.
Are You Eligible For Any Other Help?
You may also qualify for other benefits which could help you to boost your income and manage your spending and your debts better.
Our Income Services Officers are available to assist with maximising your household income, providing you with information and guidance and ensuring you are in receipt of all the benefits you are entitled too. Contact us on 01387 321300 for more information.