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Important Information About Rent Payments for 2024/2025

This year (2024/2025) has 53 weeks, which means there will be one extra rent payment due compared to a typical year. This can affect how you budget for your rent, especially if you receive Universal Credit.

Here’s why:

  • A standard year has 52 weeks, but the calendar doesn’t always line up perfectly. There are 365 days in a year (366 in a leap year), but a week has only 7 days. This means there’s a ” leftover” day (or two in a leap year) that doesn’t fit neatly into weeks
  • Every few years (around 5 or 6), this adds up to an extra week – a 53rd week – that falls within your rent payment period
  • Universal Credit, however, typically covers rent for only 52 weeks.

What this means for you:

  • You’ll be responsible for paying rent for the additional 53rd week if you pay rent yourself or if you receive Universal Credit
  • We understand this might require some adjustment. We offer the option to spread this extra cost out over the year with a small increase added to your regular weekly rent payment.

How to make it easier:

  • Consider setting up a direct debit to automatically cover your rent, including the extra week. You can start small weekly or monthly payments now to ensure your rent is covered for the 53rd week
  • If you are already on a direct debit, we will have already increased this to reflect the 53rd week.


By planning ahead, you can avoid any potential shortfalls in your rent payments.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss payment options, please do contact us on 0345 065 5656.