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The amount of rent you pay has to cover the cost of:
Your rent is due to be paid every month in arrears, on the 28th of the month. If you find it easier to pay weekly, fortnightly or 4 weekly then you can do this provided you discuss it with your Housing Officer.
You can pay your rent in any of the following ways:
Rent cards are easy to use, you simply hand over the payment and your card. The till operator will give you a receipt, which you should keep as proof of payment. Your Housing Officer can order a rent card for you.
We review your rent charge every year and we will always consult you over any proposed changes to your rent. You will be given a month’s notice, in writing, of your rent increase to enable you to re-budget or to apply for Housing Benefit or Universal Credit if you are not already getting help with your rent. If you are in receipt of Universal Credit you need to tell the DWP about your new rent charge by updating your journal.
We understand that tenants sometimes have difficulty paying their rent. Help and advice is always available and we will make every effort to help if you are having financial difficulties.
If you know you are going to struggle to make your rent payment it is best to contact your Housing Officer as soon as possible. Don’t leave it until you have missed your payment. You can repay arrears by instalments at a rate you can afford, but only if this has first been agreed with us. We can also make a referral for you to other organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureau or Lanarkshire Credit Union. Either organisation can carry out a benefit check for you and help you with budgeting. Lanarkshire Credit Union can also help you with low cost loans.
All claims for Universal Credit need to be made online. You then need to make an appointment with a Job Coach at the Job Centre Plus within 7 days of making your application. If you are entitled to claim Universal Credit you are not eligible to claim Housing Benefit so you will need to include your housing costs in your Universal Credit claim. Your Housing Officer can advise you on how to update your claim to show you have a rent charge to pay. For more information, please visit Help to Claim Universal Credit.
Depending on your situation, if your income is low you may be able to claim Housing Benefit. Housing Benefit for the Co-operative’s tenants is processed by South Lanarkshire Council. The Council provides a Benefits Calculator to help you calculate the amount of benefit you are entitled to and you can claim online by visiting South Lanarkshire Council’s Website. If you want to make an online application your Housing Officer can help you do so at our offices.