Private tenants who have fallen behind on their rent are being urged to apply for a hardship grant.

Denbighshire County Council is administering the Welsh Government’s Tenancy Hardship Grant for private tenants who have fallen behind on their rent by more than eight weeks between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The grant, which is paid directly to landlords, coincides with Covid-19 measures being eased which includes enabling landlords to evict tenants from June 30.

Cllr Bobby Feeley, the Council’s Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “The grant is intended to prevent people from becoming homeless or being evicted as a result of income loss caused by the pandemic.

“The pandemic has had an impact on all parts of our society and I would urge all those eligible private tenants to apply for this grant.”

The grant will be open to renters not receiving housing-related benefits and could include tenants who have been on furlough, have seen a reduction in their work, or have only been able to claim statutory sick pay while ill with Covid-19.

Applicants will need to provide documents and a statement from the landlord which will be reviewed before payment is made directly to the landlord.

Anyone wishing to apply for the grant can visit www.denbighshire.gov.uk/tenancy-hardship-grant