Probably the most common problem facing tenants is not having enough money to pay their rent. Sometimes this is due to a failure to claim the correct amount of benefit. Social Work Services, Glasgow Housing Association and other Registered Social Landlords work together with tenants to reduce rent arrears and prevent evictions.
If you are in private rented accommodation and need advice about benefits or advice on how you can reduce your rent arrears call the GAIN Helpline on 0808 801 1011. If you have a number of other debts on top of the rent you owe you should consider contacting a GAIN agency for expert advice.
If at any time you are threatened with eviction it is important to get advice as soon as possible.
If your landlord intends to evict you from your home they are required to advise you of their intention to raise eviction proceedings. The landlord will then have to obtain a decree from the Sheriff Court. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to defend any action that your landlord takes against you, particularly if you are a Council or Housing Association Tenant. Even after a decree has been granted it is sometimes possible to have the matter brought back into Court and the decision changed. It is advisable to get legal representation in Court.
If you receive income support or you are on a low-income you may be entitled to legal aid to employ a solicitor to act on your behalf.
Advice can be found at Housing Options
Shelter provide a free National Telephone Helpline 0808 800 4444 providing advice and information across all areas of housing law, operating Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.
For free advice click here to search our database of advice centres across Glasgow or call the GAIN Helpline on 0808 801 1011. Calls are free from land-lines and mobiles.