The Cost Of Renting
Different tenancies have different rules about how much rent should be charged and when the amount can be increased. Housing association 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're looking for accommodation in the private rented sector, you may be able to get help with deposits or rent in advance.
The First Dorset Credit Union is available at the Portland Centre for Savings and Loans. We would advise you to start saving as soon as you can, so that after a qualifying period, you would be eligible to apply for a low cost loan.
If you have a rent payment problem, we urge you to contact the Portland Centre as quickly as possible so that we can help you sort out your finances before you are given a notice to quit.
This is how the Portland Centre can help you
- A Portland Centre staff member will listen to your needs and discuss your options
- If necessary we will seek specialist housing advice
- We will accompany you to meetings and appointments
- Our Debt Advisor will work with you to create a Financial statement to help you deal with rent arrears
If you need help, information or advice on any matter including the costs of renting in our area, just call us on 01305 824333 or e-mail us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre staff member to receive immediate assistance and access our free, independent 'Care Home' guide, which includes a checklist of what you should be looking for in a Care Home.