There are a number of costs that you must consider when renting a property, but with the right advice and information you can ensure that you are able to afford your:
* Council Tax
* Utilities - Gas, Electric, Water
* Other household or living costs
Rent and Council Tax
If you are on a low income, you may qualify to receive help towards your Rent and/or Council Tax in the form of Housing and Council Tax Benefit. The maximum amount of Housing Benefit that can be paid depends on the size of the property that your household needs and is set by Local Housing Allowance rates. For more information or to make a claim, contact a member of the new claims team on 0800 028 2569.
Utilities and Other Costs
The cost of utilities can vary depending on the size, location and energy efficiency of your property. There are a number of schemes available that can offer advice to households to become more energy efficient.
Plan your budget
Whether you are currently living in private rented accommodation or looking to move into a private rented tenancy, it is important to plan your budget. For further help, you can use the Money Advice Service online budget planner.