In this section you can find information concerning tenants living in social housing in Hackney. Get details about:
- your tenancy agreement
- your rent and how it is made up
- what help is available if you have problems paying your rent
- how to pay back the money you owe at the end of your tenancy
- how to protect your belongings with home contents insurance
- how you can buy your council home
- what to do if you want to make alterations to your home
The advice in this booklet will help you get the most of your new home. With links to helpful websites and guidance on the first steps to take when you move in.
The information in this booklet should also be read alongside your tenancy agreement, which is the legal document that covers the terms and conditions of your tenancy. Keep this booklet somewhere safe as it will come in handy. If you have any questions, get in touch with us.
Your new council home - what you can expect when you move in (and what you must do when you live here)
It's your home and you will want to make it comfortable, decorate and furnish it as your own. To help you do this we want to ensure you have a good start to your tenancy.
Every council property should be clean and in a good state of repair when you move in. We have developed this lettable standard to be clear about the condition your property should be in when you move in.
Please use this leaflet to check that your home meets this standard. When you view the property there may be repairs that are outstanding, these will be completed before you move in. If you have any issues please speak to the voids co-ordinator, this is the person who showed you the property.
Advice on money matters and finding work
We want to make sure that if you have debt or work worries, you and your family can access the right support and advice at the right time. If you are a council tenant, you might find useful information below about:
- managing your money and debt
- opening a bank account
- finding a job and developing your skills
- getting online
Switching to a water meter
Have you considered having a water meter installed at your property? Having a water meter means you are charged for the amount of water you use rather than being charged a fixed tariff.
If you're struggling to pay your bills, you might be able to get help from Thames Water's WaterSure Plus scheme.