THE Lukes Lane Estate has emerged as Hebburn’s rent arrears blackspot, according to a new report.
Statistics show that 4.20 per cent of council house tenants on the estate are in arrears, owing, as of November last year, a collective debt of £59,169.
The area with the second highest arrears level is the Finchale Road estate at 3.67 per cent, representing £78,856.
The best performing town area is Birch Grove, where tenants have a combined debt of just £1,352 – 0.77 per cent.
The figures emerged at a meeting of Hebburn Community Area Forum.
In a report to the committee, Eric Crammon, South Tyneside Homes’ housing area manager for Hebburn, says: “The percentage of current rent arrears in Hebburn is 2.91 per cent, this is above the annual target of 2.57 per cent. We are monitoring accounts to ensure swift action where default on payments has occurred.
“We continue to work in partnership with South Tyneside Council, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Welfare Rights, by offering referrals to tenants that have benefit and debt issues. We use eviction as a sanction where all other methods of engagement and rent arrears have failed. Fortunately, the percentage of evictions within South Tyneside remains low.”