Rent arrears continue to fall

RENT arrears have fallen for the third consecutive year, Angus Council neighbourhood services committee heard at their meeting on Tuesday.

Current levels of rent arrears have fallen from 7.70 per cent at the beginning of the last financial year to 7.09 per cent.

Committee members learned that in March, there were 2,200 current tenants and 1,560 former tenants in arrears, owing a total of £1,206,257.22. This was a drop of £3811,354.80 on the previous quarter. More than 11,500 visits were made to tenants in the last financial year.

Convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “We will always be supportive of our tenants and make every effort to assist when they are in difficulties, particularly in the context of forthcoming welfare reforms and their impact on some households.

“However, we will continue our efforts to drive down rent arrears still further and will take the necessary action against those tenants who habitually refuse to pay rent.”

The committee noted the report.