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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Finance

Scotland's social landlords say £5 million in lost rent 'a direct result' of the bedroom tax Scotland's social landlords say £5 million in lost rent 'a direct result' of the bedroom tax

Tenants who are up to date with their rent are being offered a free week by their social landlord.

Chorley Community Housing is offering the rent free special as it reaches the end of its financial year.

CCH income officer Elaine Ollerton said: “CCH collects rent over a 48-week cycle, which means that in the two weeks at Christmas and at the end of March, anyone who has paid their rent on time every week and whose account is up to date gets a ‘rent free’ period.”

But those behind on their payments will rue not keeping up to date with their rent.

Tenants who owe rent are required to maintain any arrangement to repay their debt, with a reminder from CCH that falling behind with the rent and then failing to make payments in line with any agreement made could lead to eviction.

CCH have evicted 18 tenants in the past six months, owing almost £45,000 between them.

Rent free week is 24-31 March.

Ms Ollerton added: “Paying your rent during the rent free period means that any debt is automatically reduced by a corresponding amount. I’d also encourage tenants whose rent accounts are up to date to think about making payments in order to build up a safety buffer on their account.”

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