Rent arrears and advice

If you are struggling to pay your rent or household bills, a range of financial help, support and advice is available in Perth and Kinross.

Paying your rent on time is a key obligation of your Council tenancy. If you fail to pay your rent, the arrears that will develop may lead to you losing your tenancy.

Perth & Kinross Council does not want to evict its tenants and as such, eviction for any reason is a last resort.  If you are having difficulty paying your rent, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation. You may be entitled to housing benefit which could help with the cost of your rent. If you already have rent arrears, we may be able to agree an affordable repayment plan which will prevent the loss of your tenancy.

However, if you have already received a Notice of Proceedings from the Council, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation. You can use the following links to contact us:

If you are having trouble paying your rent please speak to your Area Housing Office or email straight away. It's always better to seek help before debt becomes a problem. Not paying your rent could ultimately lead to you losing your house.

Other local financial support

The Welfare Rights Team is available to ensure that the residents of Perth and Kinross are not missing out on their entitlement to benefits and other related help. The team provides a free, confidential and impartial benefits advice, information and appeal representation service. Call them on 01738 476900 or email

Perth and Kinross Citizens Advice Bureau provides free, confidential, impartial and independent advice for all those who live or work in Perth and Kinross.

Perth and Kinross Credit Union offers saving schemes such as the Budget Card Account to help manage your money and ensure that bills are paid.  icon The Budget Card Account [705Kb] has been introduced to make controlling your finances easier. The Credit Union also offers a range of ethical financial services such as low-interest loans.

National Debtline Scotland also has a free telephone helpline providing advice on budgeting and managing finances. Call 0808 808 4000, Monday to Friday between 9am to 9pm (Saturday 9.30am to 1pm). You can also chat or email them through their website.