Did you know that in Britain, every 2 minutes, someone faces losing their home?
At this time of year, peoples focus is on spending time with their loved ones, however many people face the grim reality of being made homeless in the New Year, whether its losing their own home or facing being evicted by their landlord.
Unfortunately, homelessness is a very real threat many people must face.
It is important that in the run up to Christmas, we help people to understand the importance of prioritising their household bills, of living within their means and not overspending so that come January, they can keep a roof over their heads.
Landlords often feel backed into a corner by a tenant who has fallen behind with their rent. They have families too and simply cannot afford to stand the cost of a non-paying tenant.
I’m sure we all agree that Christmas is a very special time of year, a time where we spend time with family and friends, and make memories that will last a lifetime.
It’s a time to eat, drink and be merry, but with more and more families struggling to make ends meet, here are some simple tips to avoid falling into the financial abyss come January 1st:
1. Prioritise your bills – pay your rent first so your family have a roof over their heads!
2. Seek help from your local council or Citizens Advice Bureau if you feel unable to cope
3. Be honest with your landlord or letting agent, they may be able to help if they understand
4. Focus on finding a solution and look forward to the future
The majority of landlords want good, long-term settled tenants, so if you are struggling to make ends meet at the moment, speak with them or your agent and work together to find a way through this difficult financial time.
Facing eviction or lengthy court battles over unpaid rent is never nice and should always be seen as a last resort.
In closing, we recommend that for your peace of mind, be open and honest and ask for help if you need it.
Remember to enjoy Christmas with your family and friends, and have a fabulous 2017!