Housing and living
We know that coronavirus has caused a lot of anxiety and uncertainty for those looking for private accommodation, and those already living in the private sector.
If you are furloughed and / or have lost your job and are concerned that you won’t be able to afford to pay your rent or mortgage, please contact us so that we can help you.
If you are homeless, or threatened with homelessness, we may have a duty to provide ‘interim accommodation’ for you and other members of your family. This means we will find somewhere for you to stay while enquiries are carried out on your case. If necessary, your furniture and some personal effects can be stored while you are in interim accommodation.
Shelter helps people struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support, and legal services.
Housing issues will always arise and therefore you need to know your rights and responsibilities. You could also find yourself threatened with eviction if you can’t cope with your mortgage payments. On this website you can find information about how to go about renting or buying a home or just finding somewhere to live. You can also find advice on handling problems with your landlord and help to avoid losing your home.
If you are working age you may not be able to claim Housing Benefit. Instead you will have to make a claim for Universal Credit if you need help to pay your rent.
Local Housing Allowance is a way of working out Housing Benefit for most private tenants, designed to be fair and simple for people on a low income.
Epping Forest Foodbank provides emergency food parcels to people who live in or near the Epping Forest district who have been referred to them by Frontline care professionals.
They provide a minimum of 3 days nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people in crisis. Volunteers greet and help signpost to further organisations to help resolve their underlying crisis.
Cheap, healthy recipes that will show you how to cook the basics and keep yourself fed.
Constantly updated guides with need-to-knows on the financial fallout of the pandemic by Martin Lewis.