This briefing, based on recent YouGov polling from February 2021, shows renters facing lower incomes and struggling to keep afloat.
Renters are at increased risk of losing their homes as a result of COVID-related rent arrears and debt, unless they are thrown a lifeline with further targeted support.
The next Scottish Government should:
- Establish a new hardship fund for tenants, offering non-repayable grant support to renters not covered by existing schemes.
- Undertake a rapid review of the existing loan and grant funds to help shape and target the new fund, alongside those it will help, and ensure it is fit for purpose.
- Support tenants seeking help to access independent advice, to ensure they get the most appropriate financial help and avoid eviction or homelessness.