Rent Information

Below is all the relevant information about your rent, how to pay it and who your rent support officers are. 

If you have any questions, get in touch with a member of the team.

Your next rent free weeks are in December.

Rent advice and who to contact

We know that money worries are stressful, which is why we encourage anyone experiencing difficulties to talk to us as soon as possible. There is almost always something that we can do, to help you access the support you may need. We don’t judge, we’re here to listen. Our Rent Support Team are specialists who can help by looking at your personal circumstances, together, in confidence and find a way forward to help take the pressure off you.

We can help you to:

  • Better manage your bills and money
  • Increase your income
  • Get the benefits you are entitled to
  • Reduce debt
  • Get help and advice with energy costs
  • Find work / paid employment
  • Get the training, skills and qualifications you need to get the job you want

Everyone's circumstances are different so please contact us on 0300 303 9848, or contact your Rent Support Officer direct, details are below. You can also message us on this web page. All contacts are confidential. 

If you can't contact us during the day, we are availalbe until 6.45pm on Wednesdays.

Rent Support Officer – Prevention

Sophie Anderton
Area: Acton Bridge, Darnhall, Greenfields, Leftwich, Marton, Over, Weaverham, Woodford Lane
Contact: 01606 813586,

Trish Dolan
Area: Allostock, Alsager, Alvanley, Anderton, Antrobus, Arclid, Aston, Barnton, Byley, Chelford, Comberbach, Crowton, Danefields, Delamere, Dutton, Frodsham, Great Budworth, Helsby, Kingsley, Lach Dennis, Little Leigh, Lostock, Manley, Marston, Nether Peover, Norley, Northwich Town Centre, Oakmere, Rudheath, Sproston, Whitley, Wimslow, Wincham 
Contact:  01606 813415,

Vic Wlosinski
Areas: Bakers Lane, Castle, Cotebrook, Crook Lane, Cuddington, Davenham, Dene, Grange, Greenbank, Greville, Hartford, Kingsway, Little Budworth, Meadowbank, Middlewich, Moulton, Rushton, Stanthorne, Sutton Weaver, Tarporley, Utkinton, Wharton Gardens, Wimboldsley, Winnington
Contact: 01606 813398,

Rent Support Officer - High Level

Alison Jones 
Alvanley, Anderton, Aston, Barnton, Crowton, Delamere, Dutton, Frodsham, Helsby, Kingsley, Little Leigh, Manley, Norley, Oakmere
Contact: 01606 813413,

Ben Jackson
Leftwich, Over - Winsford
Contact: 01606 813408,

Donna Taylor
Acton Bridge, Darnhall, Greenfields, Marton, Weaverham, Woodford Lane
Contact: 01606 813411,

Holly Moncrieff
Area: Allostock, Alsager, Antrobus, Arclid, Byley, Chelford, Comberbach, Danefields, Great Budworth, Lach Dennis, Lostock, Marston, Nether Peover, Northwich Town Centre, Rudheath, Sproston, Whitley, Wimslow, Wincham
Contact: 01606 813548,

Jackie Walsh
 Bakers Lane, Castle, Cuddington, Dene, Greenbank, Hartford, Sutton Weaver, Winnington
Contact: 01606 813563,

Ralph Atherton
 Crook Lane, Davenham, Greville, Kingsway, Middlewich, Moulton, Stanthorne, Wharton Gardens, Wimboldsley
Contact: 01606 813414,

Vicky Ledsham
Area: Cotebrook, Grange, Little Budworth, Meadowbank, Rushton, Tarporley, Utkinton
Contact: 01606813471,

Ways to pay your rent

We have several ways to make paying your rent as easy as possible:

Direct Debit

Direct debit is a cost effective and trouble free way of paying rent from your bank account. You can now pay on any day of the month, making rent payments more convenient for you.

Download the form here and email or post it back to us.

My Account App

You can pay your rent anytime and anywhere via our app.

24 Hour Automated Payment Line

Have your 10 digit rent/garage reference number and a debit/credit card available then call our 24 hour automated payment line on 0300 303 0309. 

If you need to speak to someone you can contact us during office hours.

Rent Payment Card

You can pay with cash, debit card or cheque at any Payzone or post office using your rent payment card.

If you want to pay at a Payzone or the Post Office but don’t have or lost your rent payment card card call contact us and we can order you a new one. 

Benefits & Universal Credit

If you need any help, support or advice contact our Rent Support Team.

Annual Rent Review 2024

Annual rent increase information is being sent to all customers, in the post, from today, 16th February 2024. Please read the letter and contact us if you have any questions. If you have not received this letter by the end of February, please call us on 0300 303 9848.

Rent Increase April 2024

From 1st April 2024 rents will increase by 7.7%. The Trust's Board has approved the increase in rent and service charges (if applicable) with effect from 1st April 2024. The annual rent increase is in line with the rent standard, set by Government and The Regulator of Social Housing. The increase is calculated by the consumer price index (6.7% as at September 2023) plus 1%, giving an overall increase of 7.7%. 

We would urge anyone with concerns about rent payments to contact our Rent Support Team on 0300 303 9848. The team are experts and are here to support all customers.

Rent and service charges

The Trust’s Board has approved the annual increase in your rent and service charge (if applicable), with effect from 1st April 2024 by 7.7%. If your property has been designated as affordable rent (rent set based on 80% of a comparable market rent) your rent will change by no more than the 7.7% rent cap, this ensures your rent remains affordable and does not exceed 80% of a comparable market rent.

Your 'dwelling tenancy' agreement gives you full details about your rent, service charges and any other charges. This section gives some background as to how rent and service charges are set and reviewed annually.

The rent we charge

The rent we charge you covers the use and occupation of your home. The rent we collect is used to pay for the cost of managing and repairing your home together with cyclical such as gas servicing and major improvements to homes. We also provide a range of additional services, such as teams that can help you with money concerns, helping to find work, keeping open spaces clean and tidy. For more information about these services visit our for tenants page on this website. 

How your rent is calculated

All housing associations and councils have a formula for calculating rents set by the Government. This means rents are set equitably, reflecting the size, condition and location of a property and local earnings, regardless of who the landlord is.

Every property has a target rent and the formula is based on the following factors:

  • 30% of the rent is based on local property values in comparison with national averages
  • 70% of the rent is based on county average manual earnings compared to national averages
  • The average council and/or housing association rent level in the area
  • Number of bedrooms and a tolerance of plus or minus 5% (10% for housing for older people).The Trust uses a tolerance of plus 5%.

All new lettings will have rent set at the target rent level. However, your current rent may be different to the target rent for your home.

Rents on properties not covered by target rents

The rents on some of our properties are worked out in a different way to that described above:

  • Our Affordable Rent properties have their rents set by up to 80% of the equivalent market rent. Check your tenancy agreement to see if this applies to you.
  • Shared ownership properties have their rent set in line with lease agreements

Service Charges

When you receive a service that is in addition to occupying your home then there will be a service charge to pay. They cover a wide range of services including: a lift in a block of flats, a door entry system, grounds maintenance, cleaning of communal areas, window cleaning, caretaking services and many more.

We will charge all new customers for all services they receive and these will be listed in your tenancy agreement. However, if your tenancy started before 2002 you may not be charged for any or all the services you receive.

Service charges will be calculated by us by using a fair proportion of the costs incurred or likely to be incurred in the delivery of the service. The charges will be fixed (meaning that they may not be reviewed annually) or variable (they will be reviewed annually), dependent on the circumstances of the charge.

Fixed service charges will be increased, at the same time as rents, by no more than CPI, for the previous September, plus 1%. Variable service charges will be increased or decreased following the review of annual expenditure.

More information on how your rents are set and increased can be found here.

Homes Contents Insurance 

If you are a member of the Home Contents Insurance scheme, the charge is not changing, and it is not included in the amounts in the rent increase letter. Not in our Home Contents Insurance scheme? You can find more information here.

Your Rent Statement

Your rent statement has changed. You'll receive a new look rent statement in the post once per year (at the end of March). If you are registered for our Rent & Repairs App, My Account, you won't receive a paper rent statement. You can view your rent balance information all year round. 

You can check your rent balance at any time by registering for our FREE My Account Rent and Repairs App, click here for more information

Our Income Team are available to talk to you, assisting and advising on any rent and benefit queries you might have. Call them on 0300 303 9848 or email