Bassetlaw District Council is seeking the views of its tenants as part of a proposal to change how often their rent is paid over the course of a year.
Currently, the annual rent paid by Council Tenants is broken down into 51 weekly payments, with a payment not taken over the Christmas period. The Council would like to change this number of weekly payments to 52. However, this does not mean that tenants will be paying extra rent.
The proposal is being made to bring the payment system up to date, to help prevent tenants receiving Universal Credit from falling into arrears and to eliminate any confusion about rent payment over the Christmas period.
Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “More than 50% of tenants now pay their rent by Direct Debit to spread their payments equally over the course of the year.
“Our proposed change reflects the modern methods of rent payment and will also assist those tenants who receive Universal Credit on a monthly basis. By moving to collect rent on a 52 week basis, this will ensure that tenants in receipt of Universal Credit have sufficient income to cover their rent and do not automatically fall into arrears.
“I would like to thank tenants in advance for taking part in the consultation and look forward to receiving your views and comments.”
Tenant’s are being reassured that a 52 week rent year does not mean that they will pay more rent over the year. For example, if a tenant’s weekly rent is £80 and this is paid over 51 weeks, the total amount of rent that is paid each year is £4,080.
The Council’s proposal means that we will collect the annual rent of £4,080 over 52 weeks, which works out at £78.46 per week. Meaning that the amount of rent paid each week will be less than previous payments.
If you live in a Council property you will receive a letter asking you to take part in this consultation. The deadline for all responses is Sunday 9th February 2020.
If the proposal to move to a 52 week rent year is approved, the new payment structure will begin in April 2020.
Last Updated on Wednesday, March 4, 2020