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First, you need to find your council tax band here and then search for your borough’s council tax webpage.

Type your postcode in here

First, please check with us that you have the permission from the landlord to install a water meter. Once it is ok, you may request it for free from Thames Water here. Even if it cannot be installed, this is still good news. As long as you have the engineer visit to confirm that it cannot be installed, you will go on a ‘Assessed Household Charge‘, which will often be cheaper than what you’re paying now. If you are living alone, you will also qualify for the Single Occupant tariff. Good or good?

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau has a dedicated page on housing here.

These are what you call ‘bulky waste’ and must be arranged to be collected, otherwise you may be charged a fine. Some councils charge for collections and others don’t (e.g. Newham charges £20.00 per item). Alternatively, you could also donate it. To find your nearest charity, try Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) and email individually to check the criteria to donate.

Our favourite is USwitch, which cuts through the noise compared to other comparison websites.

The calculation is Rent pcm x 12 / 52 = rent per week or Rent pw x 52 / 12 = rent pcm. Or there is a handy rent converter sheet from the University of London Housing Service.

I can’t tell the difference! – Good question. The easiest way to tell is by the unit it says on the meter. The one that says cubic meter (m3 or M) or if it’s an imperial meter, it will say ft3 of Ft, will be for gas. The electricity meter’s unit is different. It will say kilowatt hour (kWh).

This is called the rent affordability test and most agencies and referencing companies use a standard formula of 3x rent to income ratio. That is, if you want to afford a £1,500pcm property, the tenants who will live there need to add up to a joint income of £54,000 per annum (£1,500pcm x12 months x 3).