If you have never rented your own home before then it can be difficult to know exactly what to budget for and how much money you will need. It often turns out to be much more expensive than people think.

Below are what we estimate to be the minimum spend for people who use low or medium amounts of energy and who spend £25 a week on food and cleaning. Your costs may differ depending on where you live, your eating habits, personal life, energy providers and how much energy you use.

Minimum use per week

Minimum use per week 1 bed flat      
Rent* £77
Council Tax* - based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £19
Gas and electric £15 
Water* £7 
TV Licence £2.80 
Food and cleaning per person £25 
Content insurance* £0.84 
Mobile phone £2.80 

Total

£149.44 

 

Minimum use per month 1 bed flat      
Rent* £333.67
Council Tax* - based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £82.33 
Gas and electric £65 
Water* £30.33 
TV Licence £12.13 
Food and cleaning per person £108.33 
Content insurance* £3.09 
Mobile phone £12.13 

Total

£647.57 
Minimum use per week 2 bed flat      
Rent* £85
Council Tax* - based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £19 
Gas and electric £20 
Water* £8
TV Licence £2.80 
Food and cleaning per person £50 
Content insurance* £0.84 
Mobile phone £2.80 

Total

£188.44 

 

Minimum use per month 2 bed flat      
Rent* £368.33
Council Tax* - based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £82.33 
Gas and electric £86.67 
Water* £34.67 
TV Licence £12.13 
Food and cleaning per person £216.67 
Content insurance* £3.09 
Mobile phone £12.13 

Total

£816.57 
Minimum use per week 2 bed house       
Rent* £95
Council Tax* - based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £19 
Gas and electric £25 
Water* £8 
TV Licence £2.80 
Food and cleaning per person £75 
Content insurance* £1.25 
Mobile phone £5.60 

Total

£231.65 

 

Minimum use per month 2 bed house       
Rent* £411.67
Council Tax* - based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £82.33 
Gas and electric £108.33
Water* £34.67 
TV Licence £12.13 
Food and cleaning per person £325 
Content insurance* £5.42 
Mobile phone £24.27 

Total

£1003,82 
Minimum use per week 3 bed house       
Rent* £105
Council Tax* - based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £23
Gas and electric £30 
Water* £9 
TV Licence £2.80 
Food and cleaning per person £100 
Content insurance* £1.58 
Mobile phone £7

Total

£278.38

 

Minimum use per month 3 bed house       
Rent* £455
Council Tax* - based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £99.67 
Gas and electric £130 
Water* £39 
TV Licence £12.13 
Food and cleaning per person £433.33 
Content insurance* £6.85 
Mobile phone £30.33 

Total

£1206.31 
Minimum use per week 4 bed house       
Rent* £113
Council Tax* - based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £26 
Gas and electric £35 
Water* £10 
TV Licence £2.80 
Food and cleaning per person £1.25 
Content insurance* £1.58 
Mobile phone £9.50 

Total

£322.88 

 

Minimum use per month 4 bed house       
Rent* £489.67
Council Tax* - based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £112.67 
Gas and electric £151.67 
Water* £43.33 
TV Licence £12.13 
Food and cleaning per person £541.67 
Content insurance* £6.85 
Mobile phone £41.17 

Total

£1399.15 

*Please note the following:

Water - these figures assume bill based on rateable value - do not reflect charges by water meter, which will vary by volume of water used. 
Content insurance - basic sum insured of £9000, £15000, £20000; figures from Thistle Tenants & Residents Home Contents scheme
All the figures above are estimates; your actual costs will vary depending on things like where you live, who you get gas / electricity from, how you use your supply. They do not include entertainments, clothes, holidays etc.

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