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 2021 to March 2022

Rent payments - April 2021 to March 2022

Week

Date due

Amount paid

1

5 April 2021

 

2

12 April 2021

 

3

19 April 2021

 

4

26 April 2021

 

5

3 May 2021

 

6

10 May 2021

 

7

17 May 2021

 

8

24 May 2021

 

9

31 May 2021

No rent due

10

7 June 2021

 

11

14 June 2021

 

12

21 June 2021

 

13

28 June 2021

 

14

5 July 2021

 

15

12 July 2021

 

16

19 July 2021

 

17

26 July 2021

 

18

2 August 2021

 

19

9 August 2021

 

20

16 August 2021

 

21

23 August 2021

 

22

30 August 2021

No rent due

23

6 September 2021

 

24

13 September 2021

 

25

20 September 2021

 

26

27 September 2021

 

27

4 October 2021

 

28

11 October 2021

 

29

18 October 2021

 

30

25 October 2021

 

31

1 November 2021

 

32

8 November 2021

 

33

15 November 2021

 

34

22 November 2021

 

35

29 November 2021

 

36

6 December 2021

 

37

13 December 2021

 

38

20 December 2021

No rent due

39

27 December 2021

 

40

3 January 2022

 

41

10 January 2022

 

42

17 January 2022

 

43

24 January 2022

 

44

31 January 2022

 

45

7 February 2022

 

46

14 February 2022

 

47

21 February 2022

 

48

28 February 2022

 

49

7 March 2022

 

50

14 March 2022

 

51

21 March 2022

 

52

28 March 2022

No rent due