Ways to pay your rent
Direct Debit is the most efficient way for you to pay your rent. You can now choose from three different payment dates throughout the month (1st, 10th, 21st).
We take four weeks’ rent by Direct Debit each month (this takes account of the rent-free weeks each year). We would usually only change the amount we collect if your rent, water charges, sewerage charge or entitlement to Housing Benefit changes.
To set up a Direct Debit online you will need:
- To be a named account holder of the account you want to use
- To be the only person needed to authorise a Direct Debit on that account
If you cannot confirm these two, you can download, print and post the Direct Debit forms.
Once you've set up a Direct Debit, we'll send you a letter confirming when payments will be taken.
Please note: you will have to make any payments due up to the start date of your Direct Debit. If you do not do so, we will take all arrears outstanding when we collect the first payment.
You can also find out more about what Direct Debit is and how it works on the Direct Debit website.
You can pay quickly and securely, with a credit card or debit card.
Alternative ways to pay
Concerned about your rent?
If you're concerned about your rent, please speak to your housing officer (income). You can contact them by calling 01442 228000 and either asking for them by name or just ask for ‘Housing Rent’.
If you are already receiving some help to pay your rent, but are still struggling to pay your housing costs, you could apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.
If you pay your rent weekly, there are four rent-free weeks during 2023-2024. These weeks are:
- Week beginning 29 May 2023
- Week beginning 18 December 2023
- Week beginning 25 December 2023
- Week beginning 25 March 2024
We no longer send out quarterly paper rent statements to every tenant. However, we will continue to write to you every year to let you know the weekly amount of rent and service charges that will be due for the year ahead.
You can find out your rent balance by logging into your MyDacorum account or by sending a text from the mobile phone registered on your tenancy. Just text BAL to 07860 024350.
If you live in a flat, we show rent separately from the other extra items included in our service to you. The amounts for the services you receive, such as cleaning, lighting, lift and grounds maintenance are shown as a separate charge on your rent statement. Find out more on our Tenant Service Charges page.
If you need a refund of rent following an overpayment, please complete our Rent refund request form (PDF 570KB).
For more information on the different ways you can pay your housing rent, plus advice on what to do if you are struggling to pay, please see our Rent information sheet (PDF 191KB).
We've set out our Housing Service Standards, which tell you more about what we expect from you, what you can expect from us and why it is important that our tenants pay their rent regularly and on time.