Don't worry. If you’re finding it hard to pay your rent, we’re here to help
If you are in rent arrears, you don’t have to pay what you owe all at once – we can work out a plan for you to pay us in affordable amounts.
But you must act quickly
If you don’t tell us you’re struggling, or don’t keep to an agreement to pay off the debt, you could lose your home.
Make an agreement to pay off your rent arrears
Speak to our Money Matters team
Our Money Matters team can help you come up with an affordable plan to pay your rent, but that’s not all - they can also help you to do things like:
- Get a safe and affordable loan
- Get all the benefits you’re entitled to
- Get cheaper gas and electricity
- Open a bank account (this helps your credit rating)
- Manage your other bills
Interested in referring a client to our Money Matters team? Use the Money Matters team referral form.
Housing Benefit/Universal Credit
You could get help to pay some or all of your rent. Use the Manchester City Council website to find out how much you could get and make a benefit claim.
Not sure how to apply for benefit? Alan shows you how in these videos:
How to apply for housing benefit online using your mobile phone
How to apply for housing benefit online using a computer
If something in your life changes after you've applied (e.g. if you move home, or you get a new job, or the size of your household changes etc.) it's important to tell the council straight away.
If you don't, it could mean that:
a/ you don't get as much benefit as you should or
b/ you get too much. If you get too much, the council will make you pay it back.
Not sure how to report a change? Alan shows you how in these videos:
How to tell the council about a change in your circumstances using your mobile phone
How to tell the council about a change in your circumstances using a computer
Are you worried about Universal Credit? Need help getting to grips with everything? We can help:
Help from Manchester City Council
See Manchester City Council's 'Helping Hands' page for information on grants, money advice and support you can get to help make payments.
Help to budget
Working out a budget for yourself could help you get any money difficulties under control. For face-to-face budgeting advice, contact our Money Matters team or check out the EntitledTo budget calculator which can help you put one together yourself.