If you don't pay your rent

If your rent account is in arrearsIf you do not pay your rent, we will:

  • Tell you how much you owe
  • Tell you how much you need to pay and what you need to do
  • Make sure you have all the help you need
  • Make a fair agreement with you to pay the money you owe

If you keep to your agreements with us no further action will be taken. If you do not then we will start to take action to evict you from your home. If court action is taken then there will be additional court costs which you will need to pay on top of the rent money you owe.   

Last year (2014/15) we evicted 52 tenants from their homes because they did not pay what they owed. We also got 116 court orders.

Some people think they will be given another house if they are evicted, this is not true. If you don’t pay your rent then it could be seen as you  have made yourself intentionally homeless. This means the Council only have to provide temporary accommodation for 28 days.  After 28 days you will have to sort out your own accommodation.

Council housing waiting lists are long and have many applicants who would appreciate having a home like yours. 


Contact  the Income Management Team on 01332 888777 if you cannot pay your rent

See also our page 'Problems Paying your rent'  for other useful contacts