Image of money in jars stating Don't bury your head in the sand

Christmas is just around the corner. There’s so much to think about… decorations, Christmas dinner, presents... what about paying your rent? 

It doesn’t take long to get into debt but it can take a long time to get out of it. Don’t let the pressures of Christmas distract you from your priority bills.

Remember, your rent is due in advance. If you pay weekly, make sure your rent is paid, cleared and up to date before the coming Monday. If you pay fortnightly or monthly, you need to make sure your account is always clear or in credit. If it isn’t clear, you’re already in rent arrears. 

Our officers will be contacting all tenants in arrears in the next few weeks. Paying your rent on time is BETTER than getting an arrears LETTER.

The best ways to pay your rent are:

  

Darren Baggs, Assistant Director of Housing said: 

We know that people in the city are struggling. Christmas is a difficult time because there’s never enough money to go around and we know how much pressure there is to buy presents and gifts.  Our message is clear, 

before you do anything else, make sure you pay your rent on time so that you keep a roof over your head - and above all - please contact us if you are struggling. We’ll try to help. 

 

Money troubles? It's good to talk

If you’ve fallen on hard times, don’t bury your head in the sand. Our Money Smart team is on hand to help you with money matters, budgeting and benefits advice.

Ryan from Heath Town said:

Me and my girlfriend were on the verge of being evicted because of rent arrears. With Money Smart’s help, we sorted out our Housing Benefit which was backdated and we no longer have to go to court. I’m so grateful to them.

So, if the financial pressures of Christmas are getting you down, get in touch and talk to us. Visit our MoneySmart pages

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