Hundreds of Chorley tenants owe £375k in rent

Chorley Citizen: Kimberley Clarke Kimberley Clarke

A housing group has revealed that 733 tenants owe them more them £375,000 in rent arrears.

Chorley Community Housing (CCH) say those who are in arrears with their rent are being reminded that they should continue to pay or face eviction.

Tenants who are up to date with their rent will get two ‘rent free’ weeks this year.

Payments will not be due for weeks commencing December 23 and 30 from those tenants whose accounts are fully paid up.

Kimberley Clarke, operations director, said: “The two rent free weeks at Christmas are very popular with tenants as it means that those people who pay their rent promptly have some spare cash at Christmas to spend on their families.

“But for tenants in arrears with their rent it is very important that they understand that not paying is not an option.”

Tenants who were evicted for non-payment of rent in the last year owed on average just under £2,500.

Kimberley added: “In the past 12 months we have evicted 28 families in Chorley who failed to keep up to date with their rent and if tenants do not make paying the rent a priority then they can expect to face the consequences.

“Our advice, if you cannot make a rent payment, is to get in touch to agree a realistic payment plan with us. Don’t ignore the problem because it won’t go away.”

Court action is being taken to recover £300,000 of the current debt.

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