About rent

If your account falls into more than four weeks’ arrears without an arrangement, Silva Homes will start legal proceedings. This could result in a County Court Order for possession of the property and you may lose your home.

Remember that once this is granted, Silva Homes could apply for your eviction if you do not stick to the terms of the Court Order.

Where does the rent money go?

Rent goes to the services customers receive, including housing, estate and tenancy management, repairs and maintenance, and improvements to homes, and buildig new properties.

For information about how the rent level is calculated, please see read below.

Affordable rents 

Affordable rent levels are a government policy, which sets some property rents at 80% of what would be charged in the private sector. 

Other costs

If you live in some types of accommodation, you may have to pay service charges.

Depending on the type and location of the accommodation, you may have to pay for your heating, lighting, cooking and hot water with your rent.

If your building has a communal gas and electrical supply, this will be divided by all residents and the proportion added to your rent. You will not then receive a gas or electric bill.

As a tenant you will be informed of any charges when you sign your agreement.

Rent free weeks

There are two rent free weeks for 2019/20, which are week commencing 1 April 2019 and 23 December 2019. Rent will be charged for 51 weeks as there are 53 rent weeks in 2019/20. You don't have to pay rent during rent free weeks if your rent account is fully paid up-to-date. If you are behind with rent, you must make a rent payment. If you pay by direct debit, your rent balance will be automatically calculated.

53 week rent years occur every five to six years due to there being 52.1 weeks in a normal year. Every few years the .1 will fall on a Monday.

Guide to the cost of living in your home

Please click here for a guide to monthly costs of living in your home.

Tips to read a rent statement

Please click here for tips to understand all the information on a rent statement.