Every five to six years, the calendar aligns so that there are 53 Mondays instead of the usual 52. The upcoming 2024/2025 financial year is one of those years.

If you have a weekly tenancy (with no rent-free weeks) you’ll pay rent for 53 weeks instead of 52. The extra Monday also impacts Universal Credit payments. This page contains more information about how the extra week affects your rent payments.

Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you’re struggling to pay your rent or bills – we are here to help. You can contact us on enquiries@syha.co.uk or 0800 1380 380.

How to calculate your rent payments

If you pay your rent weekly there will be no change.

If you pay your rent monthly (not by Direct Debit) you will need to calculate the payments you make to us by multiplying your weekly rent by 53 and dividing by 12.

If you pay every four weeks you’ll need to multiply your weekly rent by 53 and then divide by 13.

If you pay by Direct Debit we’ll automatically adjust your payments to account for 53 weeks. You can set up a Direct Debit on our online customer services.

If you receive Universal Credit:

Your Universal Credit will only pay rent for 52 weeks. If you receive Universal Credit, and have no rent-free weeks, you will need to budget for the extra week this year.

Please get in touch, or talk to your Housing Officer, if you’d like to discuss the payment options and support we can offer.

If you receive Housing Benefit:

Your local authority will recalculate your Housing Benefit and notify you of any changes.

We recently shared more information about changes to your rent and service charges. You can find out more here.