Ways to pay your rent

Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the most efficient way for you to pay your rent. You can now choose from three different payment dates throughout the month (1st, 10th, 21st).

We take four weeks’ rent by Direct Debit each month (this takes account of the four rent-free weeks each year). We only change the amount we collect if your rent, water charges, sewerage charge or entitlement to Housing Benefit changes.

To set up a Direct Debit online you will need:

  • To be a named account holder of the account you want to use

  • To be the only person needed to authorise a Direct Debit on that account

Set up an online Direct Debit

If you cannot confirm these two, you can download, print and post the Direct Debit forms.

Once you've set up a Direct Debit, we'll send you a letter confirming when payments will be taken.

Please note: you will have to make any payments due up to the start date of your Direct Debit.

You can also find out more about what Direct Debit is and how it works on the Direct Debit website.


You can pay quickly and securely, with a credit card or debit card.

Pay online

Alternative ways to pay

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  • Telephone
    Call the 24-hour automated phone line on 0345 370 6070 to pay your rent by debit card or credit card.
  • Post

    You can send a cheque to:

    Dacorum Borough Council
    Financial Services
    The Forum
    Hemel Hempstead
    HP1 1DN

    Remember to write your name, address and rent reference number on the back of your cheque.

  • In person

    You can use your rent payment card to pay your rent by cash, debit card or credit card at a post office or anywhere that displays the PayPoint logo. For more information on where to find a PayPoint outlet, speak to your Housing Officer (Income) or visit

    You can also pay by debit card, credit card or cheque at one of our Customer Service Centres: The Forum in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted Civic Centre or Victoria Hall in Tring. For opening times, please visit our Contact Us page. We are unable to accept cash payments at our Customer Service Centres.

  • Standing order
    You can pay your rent by standing order. Just download the  Standing Order request form (PDF 163KB), complete it and take it to your bank.

Concerned about your rent?

If you are concerned about your rent, please speak to your housing officer (income). You can contact them by calling 01442 228000 and asking for ‘Housing Income’.

You can also find out your rent account balance by text - just text BAL to 07860 024350.

Rent-free weeks

If you pay your rent weekly, you will have four rent-free weeks per year. For the year 2018-2019, these weeks are:

  • Week beginning 28 May 2018
  • Week beginning 17 December 2018
  • Week beginning 24 December 2018
  • Week beginning 25 March 2019

Rent statements

We send out rent statements regularly throughout the year. If you live in a flat, we changed the way we charge you for rent and other services from April 2017. We now show rent separately from the other extra items included in our service to you. This is known as 'depooling' of rent and service charges.

The ‘extra’ items such as cleaning, lighting, lift and grounds maintenance are shown as a separate charge on your rent statement. Your rent was reduced by the same amount so that the total you pay each week is exactly the same.

We will continue to contact you every year to let you know exactly how much you need to pay for rent and service charges.

For further details, please see our Changes to your rent statement page.


If you need a refund of rent following an overpayment, please complete our  Rent refund request form (PDF 570KB).

More information

For more information on the different ways you can pay your housing rent, plus advice on what to do if you are struggling to pay, please see our  Rent information sheet (PDF 146KB).

We've set out our  Housing Service Standards (PDF 249KB), which tell you what you can expect when you contact us to pay your rent.