Published: 07 June 2021

From: Housing

Crawley Borough Council, in partnership with other local authorities in West Sussex, is asking private landlords and lettings organisations how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their tenants.

The end of furlough and increase in unemployment has placed many people in private housing under financial pressure. Combined with the government's ban on evictions, which came into effect at the end of May, there is concern that the next few months will see a large increase in the number of people requiring homelessness support and advice.

We have seen a significant increase in demand to the council’s Housing Options services in 2020 and so far in 2021 and we are taking wider steps to combat homelessness and the impact of the eviction ban being lifted. This county-wide survey will help give us a detailed picture of the situation in Crawley and the rest of West Sussex, enabling us to prioritise support where it is most needed.

Councillor Ian Irvine

Cabinet member for Housing

Crawley Borough Council

To complete the survey, visit our consultation page before the closing date of 25 June.

Anyone at risk of homelessness is encouraged to:

The other councils taking part in the survey are Adur and Worthing Councils, Arun District Council, Chichester District Council, Horsham District Council, Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council.