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Pay your rent, before it's spent

Pay your rent, before it's spent

Christmas can be expensive, but it’s not worth getting into financial difficulty. Remember, rent, utility bills and other debts still have to be paid. Be realistic and plan your budget.

When you accept a tenancy with us, you agree to pay the rent for your home. Even if you are entitled to Housing Benefit or Universal Credit, you are still responsible for paying the rent.

Our Income Management Team monitor rent accounts weekly and missed payments will not go unnoticed. If you don’t pay your rent you are putting your tenancy at risk and you could lose your home.

Together Housing Financial Inclusion Officer, Tina Hutchinson, says: “If you do need more money, don’t just run up an overdraft. If you can afford it, pay for your goods outright by cash, cheque or debit card. Don’t be persuaded to take out credit agreements unless they really do work out cheaper.

“If you’re going to use a credit card, shop around and compare terms and conditions” says Tina. “Some cards charge high interest rates, but provide interest free periods or discounts. Budget for all these costs and put the payment dates in your diary.”

If you are having difficulty managing your money and need some expert help, you can contact our Customer Service Centre. Don’t suffer in silence.


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