26 March 2020.
The Jersey Homes Trust is a responsible and compassionate housing provider. We are used to working with those of our tenants who may have financial difficulties from time to time.
During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis we recognise that some tenants will experience delays or interruptions in their income and prompt payment of rental may be affected. In such cases it is important to contact our Managers and to explain the problem. You will find us helpful and understanding.
In all normal circumstances we expect you to continue to pay your rent when it is due.
If you are laid off from work you should contact Customer & Local Services to make a claim for Income Support, which will assist you to pay your rent. Existing Income support claimants should contact Income Support by email Income.firstname.lastname@example.org with details of any change in circumstances.
The Jersey Homes Trust does not intend to evict tenants who go into rent arrears because of Covid-19.
Finally, we are happy to announce that Trustees have decided;
until further notice, the Trust will not implement rental increases that fall due.
Michael Van Neste
Jersey Homes Trust
The Jersey Homes Trust will not be increasing rents during the rest of 2020.
This follows a decision taken earlier in the Spring, when the social housing provider decided to halt annual rental increases during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. At a board meeting this week it was unanimously agreed by JHT Trustees that the rent freeze will continue for the rest of this year.
Commenting on the decision, Trust Chairman Michael Van Neste said: ‘Many people have suffered, and continue to suffer, financial hardship due to this pandemic. We would not wish to add to the burden of our tenants by increasing rents at this time.’
He continued: ‘I would, however, like to repeat my earlier request to any of our tenants who may be struggling financially to seek advice, at the earliest opportunity, from our Managers regarding any problems they may have in paying their rent. We are here to offer advice and assistance.’
The Jersey Homes Trust was set up in 1995 to provide social rented homes for Island residents. It now owns and manages 839 homes spread over 24 estates.