What is rent?

What is rent?

A house, some money and a tenancy agreement

Rent is the money that you pay to live in your home when you have a tenancy.

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Your home belongs to your landlord, but you have a right to live there as long as you follow the rules that are in your tenancy agreement.

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Usually, you must pay your rent to your landlord every month, or every four weeks.

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If you don’t have a lot of money, you might be able to claim Housing Benefit, which helps you to pay your rent.

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If you are on Universal Credit you will get more money to help you pay your rent.

This is called the Housing Element of Universal Credit.

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If you cannot pay your rent, you must contact your landlord to let them know.

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If you are struggling to pay for your home, contact the Learning Disability Helpline to check if you are on the right benefits.

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If you do not pay your rent on time, your landlord may ask you to leave your home.

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If your landlord asks you to leave your home, do not leave and contact the Learning Disability Helpline for advice.

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You can telephone the Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111

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You can email the Learning Disability Helpline at Helpline@mencap.org.uk