Are You Worried About Paying Your Rent Or Mortgage?
8:33am 3rd January 2014
1 in 8 people in the South West, including here in Dorset, worry they can't pay the rent or mortgage this January.
The research comes from homeless charity Shelter who released their findings today (3rd January 2014).
They say more of us are worried about money and whether we'll be able to keep our home.
1 in 7 people in our region said they hadn't opened a letter for fear it was a "late payment reminder".
Liz Clare, a helpline adviser at Shelter, says: "We're now seeing a stream of cases of families who've been unable to cope with mounting rent or mortgage bills and feel at breaking point. We all know how difficult it can be to face up to financial problems and we often hear from people who've been avoiding urgent post, but the reality is that not confronting it means things can spiral out of control."
"One caller to the helpline arrived home to her rented flat to find the locks had been changed. She hadn't realised that a court hearing had even taken place because she hadn't felt able to open her post after falling into arrears with her rent."
"We hear from people every day who are struggling, so you are not alone. Our message to anyone struggling to pay their rent or mortgage is that we're on your side. Come to us for help early on for the best chance of keeping your home."
With more than four in ten people in the South West (43%) expecting to struggle or fall behind with their rent or mortgage in 2014, the charity is urging anyone in the region worried about their housing costs to get help this month by visiting shelter.org.uk/advice.