Christmas is only a few weeks away and we all know what an expensive time of year it can be. However, we urge you to prioritise your rent, so you do not fall into arrears. We understand there is added pressure to spend more over the festive season, but ensuring your rent is paid is extremely important. You could put your home at risk if you do not pay your rent.
There are many ways you can pay you rent, the simplest is via Direct Debit and text payments. For more information visit our pay-your-rent page.
If you are having trouble paying your rent, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you find a solution. You don’t have to deal with the situation on your own. Visit our rent page for more advice on how we can help you.
Top tips to make this Christmas more affordable
- Make a budget – Work out exactly how much you can afford and stick to it. This will help to keep spending under control.
- Shop around – The supermarkets are bursting with special offers leading up to Christmas, all trying to win your custom. Shop around for the best deals.
- Grab a bargain – Try looking at local selling sites for second-hand items. Sometimes you can pick up a great quality item for a fraction of its original price.
- Don’t impulse buy – Making a list of items you need to buy will help you avoid impulse buying.
- Make it personal – Think about giving homemade presents as gifts. Present giving can often mean a lot more to family and friends if some thought and time have been taken over it.
- Be wary of loan sharks (illegal money lenders) at this time of year. They often charge very high interest rates. Avoid borrowing money you can't afford to pay back.
If you would like any further advice or support with managing your finances, finding out about benefits or debt assistance the following independent organisations can help:
- Turn2Us – A national charity providing financial support
- National Debtline – A leading debt advice charity
- CROP – Citizens Rights for Older People