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 2022 - 2023 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 2022 to March 2023

Rent payments - April 2022 to March 2023

Week

Date due

Amount paid

1

4 April 2022

 

2

11 April 2022

 

3

18 April 2022

 

4

25 April 2022

 

5

2 May 2022

 

6

9 May 2022

 

7

16 May 2022

 

8

23 May 2022

 

9

30 May 2022

No rent due

10

6 June 2022

 

11

13 June 2022

 

12

20 June 2022

 

13

27 June 2022

 

14

4 July 2022

 

15

11 July 2022

 

16

18 July 2022

 

17

25 July 2022

 

18

1 August 2022

 

19

8 August 2022

 

20

15 August 2022

 

21

22 August 2022

 

22

29 August 2022

No rent due

23

5 September 2022

 

24

12 September 2022

 

25

19 September 2022

 

26

26 September 2022

 

27

3 October 2022

 

28

10 October 2022

 

29

17 October 2022

 

30

24 October 2022

 

31

31 October 2022

 

32

7 November 2022

 

33

14 November 2022

 

34

21 November 2022

 

35

28 November 2022

 

36

5 December 2022

 

37

12 December 2022

 

38

19 December 2022

 

39

26 December 2022

No rent due

40

2 January 2023

 

41

9 January 2023

 

42

16 January 2023

 

43

23 January 2023

 

44

30 January 2023

 

45

6 February 2023

 

46

13 February 2023

 

47

20 February 2023

 

48

27 February 2023

 

49

6 March 2023

 

50

13 March 2023

 

51

20 March 2023

 

52

27 March 2023

No rent due