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Paying Your Rent

Paying Your Rent

Lochfield Park rents are calculated using a formula where points are awarded according to the size, type and amenity level of the property. We also consider the financial viability of Lochfield Park, the costs of managing and maintaining the houses, the sums that require to be set aside for future maintenance and the affordability of the rents to our tenants.

The Management Committee of Lochfield Park reviews rents annually and any increase takes place on 1st April each year.

If we intend to raise your rent, we will consult you on the proposed increase and we will then write to you at least one month beforehand to confirm the new rent.

When you should pay

Your rent is due on the first of each month, in advance. For example, your rent for the month of July should be paid on 1st July. If you find it easier to pay weekly or fortnightly then you can do this provided you pay in advance.

How can you pay

You can pay your rent in any of the following ways:

By direct debit
By standing order
By using your swipe card at any Post Office or shop displaying the Paypoint sign
Swipe card at our office
By phoning 0844 557 8321
By going to www.allpayments.net
Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit is available to help people meet the cost of rent when they are finding it difficult to pay themselves. Anyone can apply for Housing Benefit whether you are working, unemployed, on other benefits or not. The amount of benefit you get depends on the amount of money coming into your home, your savings and the numbers and ages of people in your house. If you are on Income Support and live alone in your house then you will normally get all of your rent paid. However, if there are other adults living in the house this may affect the amount of Housing Benefit you receive.

It is important that you notify the Housing Benefit Section immediately of any change in your household circumstances, as it is often very difficult to get a claim backdated particularly when information has not been provided to the Housing Benefit Section on time.

Points to Remember

Anyone can apply for Housing Benefit:

You should make a claim as soon as you can as it is difficult to get a claim backdated.
The amount of Housing Benefit you get will depend on the money coming into your house, your savings, and the number and ages of the people in your house
Your must notify Housing Benefit Section of any change in household circumstances immediately
You must complete and return, on time, any Housing Benefit forms sent to you by the Council
If you change address, you must notify the Department of Works & Pensions (previously D.S.S)
Most Important

Most importantly, remember, that to apply for Housing Benefit you must complete a Housing Benefit Application Form and ensure it is handed in or delivered to the Local Authority Housing Benefit Office.

Remember it is your responsibility to ensure that due rent is paid on time whether that is by yourself or through Housing Benefit.

Difficulties Paying Rent

If you are having difficulties finding the money to pay your rent, you should get in touch with Lochfield Park straight away. As well as checking to see if you are eligible for any benefits, we will make a sensible arrangement with you to pay what you owe.

Once you make an arrangement, it is very important that you keep to it and make regular payments.

We will always try to deal sympathetically with you if you are having financial problems. However, if you do not maintain agreements to pay rent and arrears then Lochfield Park, will, as a last resort take legal action. This could result if eviction.