Preparing for your tenancy

Moving and setting up your new home is a big step and can be expensive. There are lots of things that you need to think about, such as paying your rent, furnishing your new home and paying for removals.      YHN offers a range of additional services that can help you settle into and enjoy living in your home.  These include:  Here are some other tips to help make setting up your new home as easy as possible. 
  • Think about your finances

    • Moving home can be expensive – before you move is a good time to review your budget to see what you have coming in each month to ensure you can afford your commitments. This budget planner from Money Saving Expert has some great tips on making savings.
    • Save, save, save - start saving for your move as soon as possible. Even putting aside the smallest amount can make things easier later on.
    • Paying your rent - as a social landlord we will not ask you to pay a deposit, but you will be asked to pay your first week’s rent when you sign up for your new home so it's a good idea to save now so you can do this.
    • Do you have a bank account? - the best way to pay your rent is by Direct Debit.  It's easy, secure and guaranteed.  Visit Direct Debit FAQS to read more about the benefits of paying your rent by Direct Debit. You'll need a bank account to set one up so now's the time to make sure you have one.  If you have struggled to get a bank account in the past this guide offers some great advice on what you need to do to access a fee-free bank account and managing accounts. Lots of companies offer discounts when you pay bills by Direct Debit which will help you lower your monthly outgoings so it's worth setting these up for your regular bills too.
  • Do your research

    Think about the area and property to make sure they're both right for you. It's sometimes a good idea to visit the area at different times of the day before you express an interest to make sure that the area is suitable for your needs.  When considering a move to a new area it's worth thinking about whether the facilities and amenities you need are nearby.  This might include things like:  
        • Community facilities such as libraries or community centres 
        • Healthcare services like doctors and pharmacies 
        • Public transport links 
        • Schools and nurseries 
        • Support from family and friends who live nearby. 
  • Managing your tenancy

    Once you've moved into your home it's a good idea to keep reviewing your finances to make sure you're getting a good deal on things like your energy bills and weekly grocery shop.  The Money Saving Expert website has lots of useful, up to date advice about all aspects of household finances.  If you're struggling to make ends meet and pay your rent and other bills please get in touch with us straightaway so we can help.  Our advice and support team can make sure you're getting all the benefits you're entitled to and provide budgeting advice if you need it.