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Rent-clear weeks

Rent-clear weeks (or weeks where rent isn't charged) apply to residents who are on a 48-week or 50-week tenancy.

If you’re not on a 48 or 50-week tenancy, you don’t miss out – your weekly rent is slightly lower as you’re paying over more weeks.

For those of you on a 48-week tenancy, your last rent-clear weeks in 2018-2019 are 18 and 25 March 2019. For the financial year from April 2019 they will be 16 and 23 December 2019 and 23 and 30 March 2020.

For those of you on a 50-week tenancy, your next rent-clear weeks will be in March 2020.

Want to know more? Read our handy FAQs below.    

Frequently asked questions

  No, it depends on the type of tenancy agreement you have. Only residents with a 48-week tenancy agreement get the full four rent-clear weeks a year. If you have a 50-week tenancy agreement, you do get some rent-clear weeks but your next ones won't be until 2020.

Most residents will have a 52-week tenancy agreement with no rent-clear weeks.

Also, leaseholders and shared owners pay their rent and/or service charges monthly in advance so rent-clear weeks don’t apply.

 

Check your tenancy agreement, which will tell you the type of tenancy you have. If your tenancy agreement says you're on a 48-weekly tenancy, you'll have rent-clear weeks in December and March.

Over the years we've used many different tenancy agreements that set out how we calculate your charge. If you don't have rent-clear weeks, you'll still pay the same amount throughout the year as if you did. It will just mean you'll be paying less each week but over more weeks.

We no longer set up new tenancies with rent-clear weeks (most will be 52-weekly tenancies). If you've moved to a new tenancy with us, the same applies so you'll be given a new 52-weekly tenancy agreement. If you exchange to another tenancy with us, we might ask you to change the tenancy to 52-weekly.

 If you choose to pay your rent monthly, we’ll have already factored your rent-clear weeks into your payments, so you don’t need to make any changes to what you pay. This means you end up paying the same as if you'd paid weekly.

If you pay monthly and reduce your payments, you won’t be paying enough. The monthly rent is calculated by multiplying your rent by the number of weeks charged and then dividing by 12. As 19/20 is a 53-weekly charged year, the rent is payable over 49 weeks.

No – as there aren't any rent charges during these weeks, you shouldn't receive any Housing Benefit. If Housing Benefit pay by mistake, you'll need to pay this back.

If you pay as normal during the rent-clear weeks, all of the payment made will go towards clearing your rent arrears. This means you'll be able to clear your arrears quicker.

If you already have a clear rent account, any payments made during the rent-clear weeks will put your account in advance by the same amount.

Paying your rent in advance means you can be prepared for unexpected changes that affect your ability to pay your rent, like a change in pay date or job.

It will also help you prepare if you're going to move onto Universal Credit in future. Residents receiving Universal Credit will have to wait at least five weeks for their first payment, as well as needing to pay in advance. Paying during your rent-clear weeks could mean that you have enough paid in advance that you don't get behind with your rent when you move over.

If you have any other queries, please contact us.