Where does my rent go?
Your rent is used in the following ways:
- To pay for repairs and maintenance
- To manage your housing service
- To repay money borrowed to build or modernise your home
Some residents pay service charges as part of their rent – this is to pay for services such as caretakers and communal lighting. Your tenancy agreement will tell you if you pay a service charge.
If you pay a service charge to us, we collect a management fee as part of that charge. This is a contribution towards our costs for managing the services that you receive, collecting payments and issuing you with information about your charges.
We’re going to change how we set the management fees you pay from April 2020. We’ll write to you about this beforehand, letting you know exactly what your new rent will be.
In the meantime, you can also read an overview of the changes.
Every year, we review the rent you pay for your home, and your new rent comes into effect each April.
We follow rules set by the government when we calculate any changes to your rent. In 2020, the rules say rents can be increased by last September’s Consumer Price Index, a common measure of inflation, plus an extra 1%.
The Consumer Price Index in September 2019 was 1.7%, so most rents will increase by 2.7% from April 2020. You’ll receive a letter from us about this beforehand, letting you know exactly what your new rent will be.
Rent and service charge feedback
Please contact us if you experience any problem with your rent or service charges.
Managing your tenancy and rent account
L&Q has more than 30 years experience providing housing management and is the largest social landlord in the South East. Our services are split into regional divisions. Each division has a Revenue Team and a number of Neighbourhood Services Teams.
Every single resident is assigned a Neighbourhood Services Officer and a Revenue Officer.
Revenue Officers are responsible for the management of your rent account. Contact them if you have enquiries about:
- Making your rent payments
- Rent arrears
- Claiming housing benefit and other benefits
- Help with general debt problems
Neighbourhood Service Officers are responsible for the management of all other tenancy issues. Contact them if you have enquiries about:
- Transferring to another L&Q home
- Property exchanges
- Neighbourhood problems
- Decorating your home
- Improving your home
- Putting you in touch with the right people to help with other enquiries