We try and answer the most frequently asked rent related questions
Our payment free weeks run from April to March to coincide with the financial year
Payment free weeks April 2018 to 2019
2 April, 24 December, 31 December 2018 and 25 March 2019.
Payment free weeks April 2019 to April 2020
1 April, 23 December, 30 December 2019 and 30 March 2020.
However, if your account is in arrears or there is a court order in place when any of these weeks occur, you must continue to make payments in order to reduce the arrears. If you pay monthly by Direct Debit the annual rent will be split over 12 monthly payments.
Please remember your tenancy agreement requires you to pay rent in advance.
Please be aware that some tenancy types do not have payment free weeks. Your tenancy agreement will explain if you have payment free weeks and if you are not sure please see your rent statement on MY GUHG or contact us on 0300 123 5544.
How your rent is calculated
Every year your rent change is calculated based on Government guidelines and these vary for each type of rental product.
This year the Government has set these as follows:
Social Rent = the current rent minus 1%
Affordable Rent = the current rent minus 1%
Supported Rent (including sheltered) = the current rent plus 0.90% (based on September 2015 Consumer Price Index (CPI) +1%)
Shared Ownership = in line with the lease plus 1.30% (based on September 2015 Retail Prices Index (RPI) + 0.5%)
When is the rent reviewed?
Rent charges are calculated based on Government guidelines annually. You are informed of the changes in rent by the end of February each year to allow 28 days’ notice of the change of payment. The new payment amount will then start from the beginning of April.
Rent In Advance
Rent must be paid in advance in accordance with your tenancy agreement or lease. This means your rent account must not be in arrears between payments regardless of how you pay e.g. weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments.
This still applies if you are in receipt of housing related benefits such as Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.