Christmas is fast approaching and we know that there can be a great deal of pressure to spend a lot
on presents and the cost of food and drink over Christmas and New Year. However, you should prioritise your rent payments – having a home is more important than any gift.
Missing payments during December and January means that you will start the New Year with arrears and we will take action against you that may result in losing your home.
We want to make sure that you are able to enjoy Christmas without having to worry about money
problems so here are some sensible steps you can take to ensure that this Christmas you stay out of debt:
- Make sure all your priority bills are being paid – including rent, gas, electricity, water and council tax.
It is a condition of your tenancy that your rent is paid in advance and in full at all times.
- Make sure that you inform the relevant authorities such as Department of Work and Pensions and Housing Benefit department of any change in circumstances that may affect your benefit entitlement and do so promptly to avoid any overpayments which you will then need to repay.
- Decide how much you can afford to spend at Christmas in advance and stick to it – you will still then be able to make payments on essential bills such as rent.
You will also be making it easier for you to pay your rent with the free Allpay app. This will be launched early in the new year and details will be provided to you in our next edition.
Meantime, please see our Rent Tab for all the ways you can pay your rent.