A just recovery for renters

There is strong public support for a just approach to repaying COVID debt, with those struggling being asked to repay only what they can afford, and governments and creditors stepping in to help.

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.