More than 8,000 Aberdeen residents in rent arrears

Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen City Council

More than 8,000 people in Aberdeen are in rent arrears, new figures reveal.

As of December 28 2018, a total of 8,153 tenants were in arrears.

A new report by Aberdeen City Council said the main reasons for the increasing trend are the continuing challenging economic climate, welfare reform and the introduction of Universal Credit.

It added that the local authority is investing in additional staff to help tenants experiencing problems paying their rent, including eight housing officers, three assistant housing officers and three money advice posts.

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A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “Rent arrears are complicated and they cannot be attributed to a single cause.”

Councillors will be asked to consider the report when they meet on Thursday.