Paying rent

Whether you're a council, housing association or housing co-operative tenant or a private tenant, you pay rent in return for living in your home. This section looks at how rent is paid and what you can do if your rent goes up or you can't afford to pay your rent.

If you are on benefits or a low income, you may be entitled to housing benefit to help you pay your rent.

What is rent and what does it include?

Rent is money you pay to your landlord in return for living in your home. It can include bills and Find out more about what is included in rent and other household bills here.

Challenging a rent increase

There are steps your landlord must follow to increase your rent. If you disagree with the increase, you can formally challenge it.

Withholding rent

Withholding rent is risky because your landlord could try to evict you for rent arrears. Follow these steps to reduce the risk.

How to ask for a rent reduction

If you can't afford your rent, contact your landlord as soon as possible and try to negotiate a reduction.

Last updated: 6 February 2017

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