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Running Your Home

Moving into a new home is always a big step and particularly so if it is the first time you have been responsible for running your own household. Becoming a tenant means you will have a lot expenses that need to be met from your income. This can be a shock for people who have been living with family and maybe only contributing to a share of the bills. To try to give prospective tenants an idea of what they can expect we have compiled a list. The figures given are an indication only and your actual costs may be higher.

For example a family of two adults and two children in a 3 bed house would have average weekly expenses of £222.47 plus £67 for rent and council tax making a total of £289.47.

RENT  

This depends on the size of property but on average

£67
COUNCIL TAX (2009/10)  
Band A £18.11
Band B £21.12

Tenants on a low income can make a claim for Housing and Council Tax Benefit for help towards the cost of rent and council tax.

 
GAS  
single person / couple £7.80
single person / couple with 1 child £14.35
single person / couple with 2 or more children £19.03
ELECTRIC  
single person / couple £4.89
single person / couple with 1 child £8.63
single person / couple with 2 or more children £12.37
WATER RATES  
1 Bed Flat or Bungalow £4.67
2/3 Bed House £7.27
4 Bed House £7.65
FOOD  
Each adult £25-£35
Each child £25-£30
INSURANCE  
Contents insurance £3.50 dependant on amount insured
HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES  
single person / couple £10
single person / couple with 1 child £13
single person / couple with 2 or more children £16
CLOTHES  
Each adult £10
Each child £12
TV LICENCE £2.68

You also need to calculate any additional expenses you may have in addition to the basic items listed above. These could include: