IF you've been worried since the Government lifted the pandemic ban on evictions, stay calm. Tameside Council is here to help and there's a wide range of support available to you.
The community safety and homelessness service is committed to preventing evictions in the borough and is ready and willing to help anyone who is encountering problems.
If you're facing the threat of eviction from your home – as a result of mortgage or rent arrears – it's essential that you waste no time in seeking advice. Make sure you speak to your landlord, letting agent or lender as quickly as possible.
The full range of available support can be found on the Advice Tameside website – http://advicetameside.org.uk
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council's executive member with responsibility for the homeless, said: "We realise that due to the pandemic there may be many more people who are experiencing difficulties in paying their rent or mortgage. If that's the case, please get in touch with us and we'll do everything we can to help.
"We are committed to keeping people in their homes and there is a wide range of support we can offer or services we can direct you to. The key thing is that you seek help as quickly as possible. So please, don't try to ignore the problem or allow yourself to be overcome with worry – get in touch."
The Support Available in Tameside includes Tameside Housing Advice which supports anyone who is homeless or in danger of losing their home. Call them on 0161 331 2700 or visit https://tamesidehousingadvice.org
Tameside Council's welfare rights and debt advice team also offers help to people facing eviction or mortgage repossession. They're available (free) on 0800 074 9985 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm) or visit www.tameside.gov.uk/benefits/welfarerights
Housing information is available at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing