Rent and rent increases
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Different tenancies have different rules about how much rent should be charged and when the amount can be increased. Housing association and council rents should work out cheaper than an equivalent property in the private sector.
Before you move into a new home you should check exactly how much the rent and any service charges will be, and when and how you need to pay them, to avoid getting into rent arrears. If you need help with your rent and you're on a low income, you may be able to apply for housing benefit.
If you need to speak to an adviser urgently about a rent problem, use our advice services directory to find an agency in your area.
Rents in the private sector tend to be higher than council or housing association rents, but different tenancies have different rules on paying rent and rent increases.
The council sets the amount of rent you have to pay. The type of council tenancy you have will make no difference. The rent is usually less than private landlords would charge for a similar property.