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Renting from my Local Authority

How much rent do I have to pay?

Local authority rents are based on a system called ‘differential rents’. This means that the amount of rent you pay depends on the amount of your total household income.

  • If your income is low, your rent payment will reflect this and will be low.
  • If your income increases so will your rent payment.
  • The income of all household members is considered and rent calculations are adjusted accordingly.
  • If your income or the income of anyone in your household changes, you must inform the local authority and rent will be adjusted upwards or downwards in accordance to the change.

Each local authority operates its own rent scheme and you should contact your local authority to review the rent scheme it operates.

Is there a tenancy agreement?

Yes. Once you accept accommodation you enter into a tenancy agreement with your local authority. The conditions of your tenancy are set out in detail in the Letting Agreement. It sets out the general rules and terms of the tenancy such as:

  • use of the property as your principle home
  • how the rent is calculated by reference to the Differential Rents Scheme
  • repair and maintenance responsibilities  
  • how to deal with disputes, anti-social behaviour and it usually sets out the consequences of not abiding by the terms of the tenancy.

For more information contact your local authority directly.

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