Covid-19 Tenant Grant fund

On 23 June the Deputy First Minister announced the Scottish Government's intention to launch a £10m grant fund later in the year to support private and social rented tenants who have incurred rent arrears as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The purpose of the Tenant Grant Fund is to mitigate the short to medium term financial challenges being experienced by tenants adversely impacted by restrictions and regulations introduced since March 2020, to control the spread of COVID-19. 

This fund enables local authorities to prevent homelessness and sustain tenancies by directly reducing, alleviating or paying off rent arrears altogether where a tenant is either in a social or private rented home, and has faced difficulties directly due to COVID-19. 

Specific guidance has been provided to support private and social landlords to understand and comply with the pre-action requirements. It is expected that in order for a grant to be paid, landlords must have undertaken all the steps required in the pre-action requirements. 

What is this for?

To provide direct financial support to tenants (vulnerable individuals/households who would become homelessness or do not have alternative sources of support) via landlords.   

Who require support to pay rent arrears arising from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic 

Who can it help?

Customer who are:

  • Renting from a Registered Social Landlord or a Private landlord who is registered on the Scottish Landlord Register 
  • Have rent arrears that have arisen due to the Coronavirus pandemic between 23 March 2020 and 9 August 2021 

How do I apply? 

To begin the process, please complete this online data capture form  

Please ensure you provide as much information as possible including contact details and an officer will be in touch as soon as possible.