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, the council's 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 final week of the period - the end of March each year

In the year 2019 - 2020 there are 53 Mondays, and 5 '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 2019 to March 2020

Rent payments - April 2019 to March 2020

Week

Date Due

Amount Paid

1

1 April 2019

 

2

8 April 2019

 

3

15 April 2019

 

4

22 April 2019

 

5

29 April 2019

 

6

6 May 2019

 

7

13 May 2019

 

8

20 May 2019

 

9

27 May 2019

No rent due

10

3 June 2019

 

11

10 June 2019

 

12

17 June 2019

 

13

24 June 2019

 

14

1 July 2019

 

15

8-Jul-19

 

16

15 July 2019

 

17

22 July 2019

 

18

29 July 2019

 

19

5 August 2019

 

20

12-Aug-19

 

21

19 August 2019

 

22

26 August 2019

No rent due

23

2 September 2019

 

24

9 September 2019

 

25

16-Sep-19

 

26

23 September 2019

 

27

30 September 2019

 

28

7 October 2019

 

29

14 October 2019

 

30

21 October 2019

 

31

28 October 2019

 

32

4 November 2019

 

33

11 November 2019

 

34

18 November 2019

 

35

25 November 2019

 

36

2 December 2019

 

37

9 December 2019

 

38

16 December 2019

 

39

23 December 2019

No rent due

40

30 December 2019

 

41

6 January 2020

 

42

13 January 2020

 

43

20 January 2020

 

44

27 January 2020

 

45

3 February 2020

 

46

10 February 2020

 

47

17 February 2010

 

48

24 February 2020

 

49

2 March 2020

 

50

9 March 2020

 

51

16 March 2020

 

52

23 March 2020

No rent due

53

30 March 2020

No rent due