As a council tenant you must pay your rent in advance every week, fortnight or month, according to your tenancy conditions.
Your rent is fixed every April, in line with government legislation for setting rents. If we have to increase your rent, we’ll tell you in writing at least four weeks in advance.
Contact us as soon as possible if you cannot pay your rent each week, or as specified in your tenancy agreement. If you miss payments and fall into arrears, we can seek to repossess your home.
If you miss a payment because you’re waiting for a benefit or Universal Credit payment, it’s your responsibility to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
Ways to pay your rent
Pay by monthly direct debit
The easiest way to pay is by monthly direct debit. You can pay on the 1st, 8th, 15th or 22nd of each month. Download and complete an instruction form:
A convenient and secure way to pay, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you prefer, you can transfer money to us – our account number is 201768 20412090. Use your tenancy number as the payment reference – without it we might not be able to trace your payment.
Pay in person
You can also pay anywhere that displays the PayPoint sign, at any Post Office, or at any of the offices listed above using your rent payment swipe card.
Pay over the telephone
Phone us on 01223 457779. You’ll need your housing rent account number and your debit or credit card.
We’ll give you a confirmation number at the end of the transaction.
This telephone number is for payments only – we can’t answer enquiries on this number.
Pay direct from your salary
Some employers will take your rent out of your salary and send the payment direct to us. You'll need to check with your employer to see if they offer this service and then ask your area housing office for a form.
Help with paying your rent
If you are having difficulties paying your rent during the coronavirus lockdown, make a claim for Universal Credit. You can also enquire about your eligibility for furlough payments from your employer.
Our benefits calculator will help you find out what benefits you can claim. You’ll need information about your savings, income, pensions and existing benefits.
You might also find our budget planner helpful. It’s free to use and should only take a few minutes if you have all your financial information.
If you’re self-employed, check whether the government’s coronavirus income support scheme can help.
We can arrange a payment plan to help you to spread the cost of paying your rent. This could include paying less or no rent for a few months, then spreading the cost over an agreed period to catch up.
For example, if your monthly rent is £500 (£6,000 per year), you might pay no rent in April and May, then £600 for the next 10 months.
Or, you might pay £250 per month in April, May and June, then £583.33 for the next nine months.
These are examples – we’ll agree payment plans on a case-by-case basis. Contact us as soon as possible if you would like to discuss this.