Rent Arrears

Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Request Date
Monday, June 25, 2018
Response Date
Tuesday, July 3, 2018


1.      What were the total rent arrears from council maintained/owned housing for the financial years: (Please supply as both a monetary figure, and a percentage of council homes rental income).

a)      2015-16

b)      2016-17

c)      2017-18


2.      What is the current average level of arrears, in monetary value, of tenants receiving:

a)      Universal  Credit

b)      Legacy benefits (the old Housing Benefit);

3.      In your housing accounts, what was the monetary value of bad debt provision (rent that cannot be collected)  for the financial years:

a) 2015 – 16

b) 2016 - 17 

c) 2017 - 18

4.       As part of your future financial planning:

a)      What are the predicted rent arrears levels, ( in  both monetary terms, and as a percentage of rental income), for 2022 – 2023, (when Universal Credit is expected to have been rolled out across the country)?

b)      Of this amount, how much in monetary terms is “bad debt” –i.e. rent that cannot be collected? 
      5.  How many evictions from council properties (with rent arrears being the primary reason) have there been for the financial years: 

a)      2015-16

b)      2016-17

c)      2017-18

6.      Have you undertaken any assessment of the impact of Universal Credit on your current or future finances and services? (E.g. the ability to build new homes, or offer tenant welfare support) If so, then please disclose it.


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar does not have Housing Department as all stock was transferred to Hebridean Housing Partnership, registered social landlord, on 12th September 2006, therefore we do not hold the information requested. You may wish to contact HHP and request the information as held by them. The following contact details are as provided on their website. (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
HHP Offices
Hebridean Housing Partnership
Creed Court
Gleann Seileach Business Park
Willowglen Road
Tel:      0300 123 0773
Fax:     01851 707 949 (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)