When you signed your tenancy agreement you entered into a legal contract with Worthing Homes, which includes a promise to pay your rent. So if you miss a payment you could be putting your home at risk.
Why you must pay your rent in advance
Paying your rent in advance is one of the most important promises that you have made in your tenancy agreement and you should make sure you understand exactly what it means.
• When you pay your rent you must pay for the week or month ahead, not the week or month that has just passed.
• Your rent account must always be £0.00 or more in credit. If it is not, you will have breached your contract.
If you have a weekly tenancy you can still pay monthly if that’s more convenient. However, you must make sure that you are paying the whole month in advance and that you never dip below £0.00 in credit.
There are a number of ways in which you can pay your rent or any other related charges to us.
If none of these payment options are suitable for you, then you can make payment by debit card in person at our offices.
Please note that we do not accept credit card payments and cannot take cash in our offices.
To help you keep track of your payments and manage your finances we send statements to you twice yearly; additional statements can be requested at any time.
If, for any reason, you are in financial difficulties and having trouble paying your rent, please speak to your income recovery officer. They will be able to help you resolve the situation before it becomes a major problem.
To find out who your income recovery officer is click here
Direct debit is our preferred method of payment, and it is the quickest and simplest way for you to pay your rent. It is also secure, convenient and gives you peace of mind!
To pay by Direct Debit all you need to do is download and complete a Direct Debit Mandate form – please make a note of your address on the form. Alternatively you can contact our customer service team to request a form, or pop into reception to collect one.
Direct Debits are taken on either a monthly or a weekly basis, and to make life easier you can choose which date or day of the week is the most convenient for you. It’s your choice.
Once the Direct Debit is set up you don’t need to do anything else except let us know if you are changing bank details. Any changes to your rent account will automatically be updated on your Direct Debit, which is protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee.
For more information on Direct Debit, please visit the Smart Way to Pay website.
A standing order is similar to Direct Debit except you will need to set this up with your bank and ensure you remember to inform them of any changes to the standing order (such as an increase to the amount payable).
Please download the Standing Order Form and then hand it into your bank.
Bank transfer / online banking
If you want to make payments to us via your online banking please transfer the monies using the following details:
Sort code – 30 99 93
Acc no. – 04002656
Acc.name – Worthing Homes income account
Don’t forget to include your property reference number which can be found on your rent statement and tenancy agreement.
Allpay text, app and online payments
Allpay’s Textpay is a secure system which gives you a record of what you have paid and when you paid it. All you need is a UK registered mobile phone, a debit card and an Allpay card to pay your rent by text. This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.If you would like to request an Allpay card, or need to replace a lost card, you can do this by speaking to our customer services team on 01903 703 100. Alternatively, just pop in and see us.
If you wish to pay your rent by text you will need to complete a short application on the Allpay Textpay website. Full instructions for this service are provided on the Allpay website.
Alternatively, the Allpay App is a mobile application available to download free from the Apple App store, Windows phone store or Google Play store, enabling you to make payments quickly and easily. Once it is set up, you can make a payment no matter where you are at the touch of a button.
Or, if you prefer, you can pay online through the Allpay website, which is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. You will need to have your Allpay card number and debit card ready. Please note that we do not accept credit card payments.
At Paypoint outlets
An Allpay payment card enables you to pay your rent or any other related charges to us at any Post Office or outlet displaying the Paypoint symbol. To find your nearest outlet please visit the Paypoint website.
If you would like to request an Allpay card, or need to replace a lost card, you can do this by speaking to our customer services team on 01903 703 100. Alternatively, just pop in and see us.