Think rent first
Published by Antonia Edwards for Homes For Northumberland in Housing and also in Bill Payments, Care and Support, Local Government
Homes for Northumberland is urging residents to put their rent first this Christmas.
The housing company’s Rent First campaign aims to make tenants aware of the importance of their rent payments and the options available to them if they are experiencing problems paying their rent. Homes for Northumberland is also working alongside Blyth Citizen’s Advice Bureau to advise tenants about their benefits and help to take away the anxiety of debt.
The campaign was kick started this week with the Homes for Northumberland team going out into the community to spread the word by visiting tenants with rent arrears.
Samantha Mason, director of neighbourhood services at Homes for Northumberland, said: “Rent arrears occur when you don't pay all or some of the rent you owe your landlord. If you are in financial difficulty and need support and advice on how to pay your rent, then Homes for Northumberland is here to help you.
“We understand that it can be difficult to manage your money especially over the Christmas period – so we are offering a number of ways for you to seek advice on any financial difficulty you may be facing at this time of year.
“We appreciate these are difficult times and want to help in any way possible to find a solution to people’s rent arrears to get their payments up to date as quickly as possible. We are delighted to be working alongside CAB to help offer tenants the help and support they need to pay their rent and take away the worry of debt.”
Bernard Pidcock from Blyth Citizens Advice Bureau said: “CAB is really pleased to be working so closely with Homes for Northumberland.
“We know that it is so very easy to get into debt, and so very difficult to get out of it. Our best advice over the next few weeks is to budget, and to stick to it. We can get sucked into the advertising, the lights, the tinsel and the demands of our culture to overdo things at Christmas. But peace of mind is debt free, and that’s our hope for everyone this year.”
For more information on paying your rent, please call the Homes for Northumberland Customer Services Centre on 01670 542424.