Rent arrears among Hull City Council tenants in the city have increased by 22.5% since last year, according to new figures.
The rise was measured by comparing the level of arrears in September this year with the same time 12 months ago.
The total arrears figure in September stood at £1.9m.
Over the 12-month period, the number of cases of tenants in arrears increased by 2,332.
A raft of benefits changes introduced in April, including the so-called bedroom tax, is thought to be on the main reasons for the increase along with other economic factors.
The report by Hull City Council neighbourhoods and housing manager Laura Carr says: “It is clear that for some households the welfare benefit changes are having a serious impact on household finances and staff are dealing with some very challenging and complex cases.
“The number of arrears cases and overall cases rose sharply from April as expected.”
Anyone struggling to pay their rent is asked in the first instance to contact the council directly, if your difficulties still persist, Humber Debt Solutions may be able to give you advice and assistance.
*Article from Hull Daily Mail*