Rent consultation

The Council is proposing to change how often you pay your rent and we would like to hear your views about this. Currently, over the course of the year your rent is broken down into 51 weekly payments. The Council would like to change this number of payments to 52 weekly payments. However, this does not mean that you will be paying extra rent.

In order for the Council to make a decision on this proposal, we would like to know your views.



The deadline for all responses is Sunday 9th February 2020.

So that you are fully informed, here is some information about why we have put forward this proposal.

Why do I currently pay my rent over 51 weeks?

This dates back to when most tenants paid weekly to a rent collector who visited tenants door to door.  During the Christmas holidays we could not visit every tenant so, in the interests of fairness, did not collect rent from anyone during that week.

Although this is commonly called a ‘rent free week’, it means that your rent for the year is collected over 51 weeks and not 52 weeks.

Will my weekly rent go up?

A 52 week rent year does not mean that you will pay more rent over the year.  For example, if your current weekly rent is £80 and you pay this over 51 weeks, the total amount of rent you pay each year is £4,080.

Our proposal means that we will collect your annual rent of £4,080 over 52 weeks, which works out at £78.46 per week. Meaning that you will pay less rent each week.

Why are we proposing to change how often rent is collected?

More than half of tenants now pay their rent by Direct Debit to spread their payments over the course of the year. In addition, an increasing number of tenants now receive Universal Credit, which is also paid over 52 weeks.  Our proposed change reflects the modern methods of rent payment rather than the old system of door-to-door collection.

When could this change happen?

If the proposal to move to a 52 week rent year is approved, your new payments will begin in April 2020. Your current rent payments will not change up to this date.

If you are still unsure of how the proposed changes may affect you, please call us on 0800 590 542 or email

I would like to thank you in advance for taking part in the consultation and look forward to receiving your views and comments. As previously mentioned, should you wish to submit your views as part of this consultation, please ensure you return the questionnaire to us, or complete the online questionnaire, before Sunday 9th February 2020.

Last Updated on Monday, April 20, 2020