Rent and charges

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Rent and charges relating to your tenancy

Paying rent and charges for your home

We charge rent to enable us to deliver an efficient and effective service to customers and provide safe and secure homes.

Our rental income also helps us maintain and manage our homes by carrying out essential repairs and future improvements.

 

When is my rent due?

The majority of Westward tenancies require you to pay rent either weekly or monthly.

For weekly tenancies, the rent on your home is due on Monday in advance of the upcoming week.

For monthly tenancies, the rent on your home is due on the first day of the month in advance of the upcoming month.

Your tenancy agreement will state if your rent is charged weekly or monthly.

How is my rent calculated?

The rent that is charged on your home will depend on several factors that may include:

  • The value of the property
  • The number of bedrooms within the property
  • The type of tenancy that you hold with us
  • The area that the property is within

The different types of tenancy that we offer are as follows:

  • Social Rented Tenancy - often referred to as ‘assured’ or ‘assured shorthold’. The rent for these properties was initially set taking into account the value of the property, number of bedrooms and local earnings. The amount that we can increase the rents each year for these properties is capped by the government to ensure that the rent that is charged is fair and consistent.
  • Affordable & Intermediate Tenancy - the rent that we are able to charge for these tenancies is capped at 80% of the market within the local area.
  • Secure Tenanciy - a very small number of customers have ‘secure’ or ‘protected’ tenancies. If this applies to you, your ‘fair rent’ is fixed by the independent 'rent service' every two years.
  • Supported Housing Tenancy - this is where we let to support customers either under a licence, or, on an assured shorthold basis. The rent that is charged for these homes follows the same rules as our social rented tenancies.

What happens if things change and I can't pay?

The team at Westward are here to help as much as we can.

If you are aware that your rent account is in arrears and you have not set up an arrangement with us, it is now more important than ever that you contact us to discuss your situation.

There are many ways that we can help you to begin resolving the financial problems that you may be facing, but we are unable to do this without you speaking to us. We don't want you to lose your home and it's never too late to get in touch.

Your Westward Assurance is:

If you fall behind in your rent payments because your income has reduced, or because you have lost your job, as a result of the coronavirus you will not lose your home.

If you are having difficulty in paying your rent we ask that you contact us as soon as possible. We can have a member of our Financial Inclusion or Income team contact you to discuss if you are entitled to any further financial help and to set up an affordable payment plan that fits with your current circumstances. If you are a Support customer please arrange this through your Support Worker or Housing Worker.

We remain committed to doing everything we can to support our customers whose finances have been most affected by the pandemic.

So please call us on 0300 100 1010 or get in touch using this  Contact Us form now.

Service Standards: Paying rent and service charges

We will:

  1. Tell you what you need to pay and offer you options of ways to pay rent and service charges.
  2. Contact you as soon as possible when we know that your payments are not up to date, setting out what you should do and by when.
  3. Offer to help you to maximise your income, reduce financial hardship and prevent you from becoming homeless.
  4. Make transparent the information about how we set rent and service charges.
  5. Offer you a personalised repayment plan taking into account your circumstances.

We ask you to:

  1. Pay rent and service charges in line with legal contracts, and any other recharges that are due. 
  2. Tell us as soon as there are any changes in your circumstances or if you are not able to pay any charges due.
  3. Keep to agreed repayment plans to clear arrears.