Money that is owed and should have been paid earlier.‘he was suing the lessee for the arrears of rent’
money owing, outstanding payment, outstanding payments, debt, debts, liabilities, indebtedness, duesView synonyms
- ‘The accountants may not withdraw from the court until all debts and arrears are fully paid.’
- ‘Reducing arrears means more money for services and housing improvements.’
- ‘He's fallen into arrears, and the mortgage company is repossessing it on Monday.’
- ‘The council is chasing a total of £4.7m in rent arrears throughout the borough.’
- ‘Because of rent arrears, the district council repossessed the building in 2000.’
- ‘Every two weeks, the council reassesses the balance-sheets on outstanding rent arrears.’
- ‘They wait until the arrears accumulate before they can take any action at all.’
- ‘She agreed that all the money was now gone but said most of it had gone towards repayment of debts and arrears.’
- ‘York housing chiefs today unveiled plans to make savings by toughening up on the collection of rent arrears.’
- ‘The level of rent arrears does not, and cannot, affect the level of residents' council tax.’
- ‘She had been planning to sell the perfume and use the cash to pay off her rent arrears.’
- ‘After all, the arrears of rent were quite small compared to the alleged value of the inventory.’
- ‘Camden council, where I live, never tires of bragging of how it evicts people with rent arrears.’
- ‘The report says a record number of people are getting into debt and that the most common debt in Scotland is council tax arrears.’
- ‘However, the city of New York was about to foreclose on the building for arrears of property taxes.’
- ‘The company owes six million leva in VAT and a further six million leva in other tax arrears.’
- ‘One side of the Council is issuing housing benefit, while on the other it takes court action when arrears build up.’
- ‘Two weeks ago the Keighley News revealed that she had stood for election even though she was in council tax arrears.’
- ‘There is need to end the problem of housing allowance arrears once and for all.’
- ‘Her arrears dated back several years and had built up because she had struggled financially as a single mother.’
- in arrears
1Behind with paying money that is owed.
- ‘two out of three tenants are in arrears’
- 1.1(of payments made or due for wages, rent, etc.) at the end of each period of work or occupancy.
- ‘you will be paid monthly in arrears’
2(of a competitor in a sports race or match) having a lower score or weaker performance than other competitors.
- ‘she finished ten meters in arrears’
Middle English (first used in the phrase in arrear): from arrear (adverb) ‘behind, overdue’, from Old French arere, from medieval Latin adretro, from ad- ‘towards’ + retro ‘backwards’.