How the RCN Welfare Service can help
The RCN Welfare Service can:
- offer advice on negotiating with your landlord if you're in arrears because of a change in circumstance.
- advise and assist you if your landlord is seeking possession
- advise you of your options in relation to your housing situation
If you are struggling to pay your rent or mortgage
If you're worried about being able to pay your rent or mortgage because of your financial situation (e.g. reduction or loss of income) then you may benefit from doing a benefits check, as you may have entitlements that you're unaware of. You can also see our pages Increasing your income and/or worried about meeting your housing costs.
If you're struggling to pay your mortgage, see the moneyhelper.org.uk website: Mortgage arrears or problems paying your mortgage.
Country specific advice on housing
For country specific advice about housing, renting, repossession, eviction, homelessness and more, see:
- England (Shelter England)
- Scotland (Shelter Scotland)
- Wales (Shelter Cymru)
- Northern Ireland (NIdirect.gov.uk: Property and Housing)
Housing Benefit: Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates, eligibility, claim form, calculator, appeals, 'discretionary payments'
Council housing: How to apply for a council house or flat, housing waiting lists, types of tenancies, the Right to Buy scheme and repairs, complaining about the council, etc. If you are in Northern Ireland, see Housing Advice NI: Applying for social housing in Northern Ireland
Housing association homes: How to apply for a housing association home, types of tenancy agreement and the Right to Acquire
Local Housing Allowance: How Local Housing Allowance rates are set and used to work out Housing Benefit.
Housing costs and Universal Credit: Universal Credit can include help with housing costs, paying your landlord, what to do if you cannot pay your rent, other help you can get
Apply for sheltered housing: Find sheltered or supported housing from your council with facilities such as alarms or wardens: for elderly, disabled or vulnerable people