Pay to Stay
Your Council rent
Your Council rent is charged fortnightly and is payable in advance by the first Monday of each rent period. Any payment not made on time will be treated as arrears.
Paying your rent in 2017/18
East Lothian Council issues letters to all Council tenants in March each year advising how much rent you will have to pay in the forthcoming financial year.
Details of the fortnightly rent charge periods in 2017/18 are shown below:
|3 April||17 April||1 May||15 May||29 May||12 June||26 June*|
|10 July||24 July||7 August||21 August||4 September||18 September||2 October|
|16 October||30 October||13 November||27 November||11 December||25 December*||8 January|
|22 January||5 February||19 February||5 March||19 March|
*Rent charge breaks 2017/18
If you have an up-to-date rent account, you can enjoy a rent payment break fortnight beginning 26th June and again on the 25th December 2017, however if you have rent arrears, you will not qualify for these payment breaks and you must continue to pay towards your rent arrears during these periods.
Important Information about Universal Credit
If you are of working age and were intending to make a new claim for housing benefit, you may now be required to claim help towards your housing costs as part of your Universal Credit claim.
You will NOT be able to claim for help with your council tax as part of your Universal Credit claim. You MUST make a separate claim to East Lothian Council for this.
You can make a claim for council tax reduction online.