- Council urges landlords to contact them before evicting tenants
Council urges landlords to contact them before evicting tenants
Councils across Nottinghamshire are working together to promote the Call B4 you Serve service, as concerns grow that there will be a spike in evictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Call B4 you Serve is an independent service funded across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire by Central Government and provides an impartial service to both landlords and tenants to prevent evictions where ever possible.
The service can offer advice on financial support including help with payments towards rent arrears if someone is in danger of becoming homeless.
The service also provides direct support and advice on benefit applications around universal credit and other housing and rent support. The team can help set up applications and make sure applicants are getting the full support needed.
So far, the scheme has supported over 300 residents and 250 landlords. The cost of someone presenting themselves to the council as homeless is around £2,500 therefore any prevention measures can reduce this cost significantly.
One of the council’s priorities is to reduce poverty and inequality in the borough as well as providing support for the most vulnerable people in the area.
Tenants facing difficulty can call Broxtowe Borough Council’s Housing Options Team on 0115 917 7777 for a referral to the service.
Chair of the Housing Committee, Councillor Teresa Cullen said:
“The coronavirus outbreak has created significant financial pressures for many vulnerable people which could result in eviction from their homes.
We are urging landlords to call us before they serve eviction notices. We can work with all parties to assist find solutions that can prevent someone becoming homeless. We have assisted a number of landlords already, which has prevented evictions and ultimately another homeless person or family. It is one of our main priorities to support the most vulnerable residents in Broxtowe and prevent rough sleeping and homelessness.”