Paying your rent | Central Bedfordshire Council

Paying your rent

How is the rent set?

The government produced a formula for setting rents, which takes into account:

  • the value of the property
  • the number of bedrooms in the property
  • local earnings

Changes in your rent

We will give you 4 weeks' written notice if there any changes to your rent. If you are claiming housing benefit, our benefits team will recalculate your entitlement automatically and inform you of any changes.

Tenant service charges

In addition to your rent, you will also pay service charges. These charges cover:

  • communal heating
  • communal lighting
  • communal cleaning
  • communal electric
  • site warden / manager

We calculate the unit cost for each service and then recover these costs by allocating the total cost between the number of tenants.

Costs are revised annually and individually on your rent account statement. We provide 4 weeks’ written notice of any change.

Rent-free weeks

There are generally 4 'no rent due' weeks every year for secure tenants when there are 52 Mondays within the period 1 April to 31 March.

These are during the:

  • May bank holiday weeks
  • August bank holiday weeks
  • the week that Christmas falls in
  • and the last week of March each year

In the year 2020 – 2021, there are 52 Mondays, and 4 'no rent due' weeks.

If any tenant is in arrears they are encouraged to continue paying during those weeks in order to reduce their balance.

Tenants get a 'calendar card' every April, showing the dates of the rent weeks. New tenants get a calendar card when they sign up for their tenancy.

Rent payment dates April 2020 to March 2021

Rent payments - April 2020 to March 2021

Week

Date due

Amount paid

1

6 April 2020

 

2

13 April 2020

 

3

20 April 2020

 

4

27 April 2020

 

5

5 May 2020

 

6

11 May 2020

 

7

18 May 2020

 

8

25 May 2020

No rent due

9

1 June 2020

 

10

8 June 2020

 

11

15 June 2020

 

12

22 June 2020

 

13

29 June 2020

 

14

6 July 2020

 

15

13 July 2020

 

16

20 July 2020

 

17

27 July 2020

 

18

3 August 2020

 

19

10 August 2020

 

20

17 August 2020

 

21

24 August 2020

 

22

31 August 2020

No rent due

23

7 September 2020

 

24

14 September 2020

 

25

21 September 2020

 

26

28 September 2020

 

27

5 October 2020

 

28

12 October 2020

 

29

19 October 2020

 

30

26 October 2020

 

31

2 November 2020

 

32

9 November 2020

 

33

16 November 2020

 

34

23 November 2020

 

35

30 November 2020

 

36

7 December 2020

 

37

14 December 2020

 

38

21 December 2020

No rent due

39

28 December 2020

 

40

4 January 2021

 

41

11 January 2021

 

42

18 January 2021

 

43

25 January 2021

 

44

1 February 2021

 

45

8 February 2021

 

46

15 February 2021

 

47

22 February 2021

 

48

1 March 2021

 

49

8 March 2021

 

50

15 March 2021

 

51

22 March 2021

 

52

29 March 2021

No rent due