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11-12-2010, 07:47   #21
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Wk beginning 20th and 27th of December
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12-12-2010, 03:34   #22
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Also be aware that if you have any arrears then payments must still be made in these weeks especially if you have been to court for arrears ( they are not free they are just worked out of 50 weeks as its easier to calculate )
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12-12-2010, 15:55   #23
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Can anyone tell me when the 2 weeks Mortgage free weeks fall ?
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17-12-2010, 20:47   #24
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Does anyone know if place for people get the 2 weeks free rent at xmas?
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Does anyone know if place for people get the 2 weeks free rent at xmas?
Two weeks of free rent of what?
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17-12-2010, 20:50   #26
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Two weeks of free rent of what?
All council tenants in Sheffield have their annual rent divided by fifty, not 52; and therefore the two weeks over Christmas and New Year, no rent is payable.

And it is, indeed, all council tenants. Not that it makes much difference if your entire rent bill is covered by housing benefit.
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17-12-2010, 20:51   #27
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as far as I know its only people in council homes that receive 2 rent free weeks
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Does anyone know if place for people get the 2 weeks free rent at xmas?
If you pay rent to sheffield city council everyone gets 2 free rent weeks.
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17-12-2010, 21:08   #29
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You have 2 free weeks rent 20th and 27th of December, only people with an account in the black can have it. you must not be in arrears with your rent or have an order seeking possesion of your property ..... simples
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17-12-2010, 21:12   #30
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All council tenants in Sheffield have their annual rent divided by fifty, not 52; and therefore the two weeks over Christmas and New Year, no rent is payable.
However, if you're not up to date with your rent, you end up being charged rent for those 2 weeks as well.
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You have 2 free weeks rent 20th and 27th of December, only people with an account in the black can have it. you must not be in arrears with your rent or have an order seeking possesion of your property ..... simples
Im with Sanctuary, I got a letter saying my 'free' weeks were the weeks commencing 13th and 20th.
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17-12-2010, 23:00   #32
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Different social landlords such as Places for People may operate free rent weeks, their tenants should know if any such agreement exists. Its already been pointed out that rent is calculated annually, and instead of being divided by 52, its divided by 50 to give two 'free' weeks. Tenants who still pay their rent on a weekly or fortnightly basis don't have to pay for those two weeks if their rent account is up to date.

Tenants who pay monthly, by direct debit, have their rent account divided by 12 so won't notice any difference. And tenants whose rent account is in arrears must pay ever week as normal.
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18-12-2010, 10:47   #33
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However, if you're not up to date with your rent, you end up being charged rent for those 2 weeks as well.
Is that true? I thought it was merely a case of using those two weeks to pay off some of your arrears.
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18-12-2010, 10:51   #34
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Is that true? I thought it was merely a case of using those two weeks to pay off some of your arrears.
Youre right, theyre not going to charge you extra if youre in arrears, its just so you can catch up a bit.
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When do they start? We've always had them every year so i'm just wondering when they start this year.
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It's the 19th and 26th.
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21-12-2011, 19:45   #37
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Here's the information on Sheffield Homes' website:

http://www.sheffieldhomes.org.uk/myH...ndRewards.aspx

As Kittenta said, the weeks are the 19th & 26th December.
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22-12-2011, 13:15   #38
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not if your in arrears, i've been told.
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23-12-2011, 03:05   #39
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no you should carry on paying to the payment agreement if you are in arrears,
especially if you at a stage where court action could be taken.
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23-12-2011, 03:11   #40
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Was told earlier that if you're in receipt of housing benefit, you get a months free rent, as you normally get paid fortnightly, and if your rent is paid calendar monthly, you end up with 2 extra payments per year, which you do BUT most people have to top their rent up by some amount anyway. So not REALLY true, it just works out that your full rent is indeed covered by your benefits, and you're not really topping anything up.

Paid fortnightly, you end up with 26 payments, which = 13 calendar months

But say you're rent is £500 per month, and you get £460 in benefits adding £40 yourself per month, the extra payments just cover what you have added over the year.
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