Severn Trent Water has given notice to North East Derbyshire District Council (NEDDC) to end the arrangement for the Council to collect water charges. Therefore, as of the 1 April 2018 you will be invoiced directly by Severn Trent.
Severn Trent offers a number of payment options and also provides help and advice on the best billing option for you, or for anyone experiencing financial difficulties.
Your tenancy agreement with the Council will be amended to reflect these changes. Customers will receive a Preliminary Notice of Variation to the Tenancy Agreement (Section 103 of the Housing Act 1985).
This notice sets out what the amendments are and how we will consult with you regarding the changes:
1. Removal of water charges from section 1.5 of your tenancy agreement.
2. Update the agreement to comply with new Data Protection Legislation coming into force from April 2018. This incorporates the inclusion of a privacy statement which describes how information provided by you will be used.
3. Update the qualifying period for Right to Buy from 2 years to 3 years to comply with current legislation.
4. Any reference to "Neighbourhood Support Officer" will be changed to "Rykneld Homes Ltd".
This preliminary notice of variation is served in accordance with Section 103 of the Housing Act 1985 and a consultation period with you will now commence.
If you want to know more about the changes North East Derbyshire District Council are intending to make to your tenancy agreement, why not come along to one of the Information Drop In sessions listed below?
Each session will be attended by representatives from Severn Trent Water, Rykneld Homes, and North East Derbyshire District Council.
Following the end of the consultation period on 9 February 2018, the Council will consider any comments made before serving a Notice of Variation which will change the terms of your secure tenancy agreement. The effective date for the change is 1 April 2018.
Should you wish to discuss this change please contact Rykneld Homes on 01246 217670 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Charges - Frequently Asked Questions
- When will I hear from Severn Trent Water regarding my water bill?
Severn Trent Water will invoice you for your water charges for 2018/19 in April 2018
- Will I pay the same for my Water?
Severn Trent will put you on a rateable value charge, this will not be more than you currently pay. However, your water charge for 2018/19 will be subject to any annual increase that ST apply.
Severn Trent Water also have a range of different tariffs and they will work with you to assess which one is most economic for you.
- What payment options are there to pay my Water to Severn Trent?
Severn Trent is able to take payments in a number of different ways, including: Direct Debit / Standing Order, a Water Card, Payment Book at your local Bank, Online or over the Phone, by Cheque or Postal Order, Bank Transfer, Giro Slip at your local Bank, Building Society, PayPoint or Post Office.
- Can I still pay my Water bill at the Area Housing Office?
No, you will need to pay Severn Trent directly. Please see the above payment methods.
- Will I need to have a Water Meter fitted?
No. Severn Trent have a variety of billing methods and tariffs. They will assist you in assessing if a Water Meter is the right thing for you and your household.
- If I want a Water Meter fitting, do I need to get permission from Rykneld Homes?
From 1 April 2018 you will not need to seek permission from Rykneld Homes or NEDDC to have a water meter fitted.
- If I am in arrears with my water charges, what do I need to do?
For arrears accumulated before 1 April 2018:
If you already have a payment plan in place with Rykneld Homes, you need to keep paying this. The arrears will not be transferred to Severn Trent. If you do not currently have a payment plan in place, please contact Rykneld Homes to agree this and set this up. You will continue to pay this off with Rykneld Homes. Please note the arrears continue to be a breach of your tenancy agreement until paid off in full. Rykneld will pursue enforcement action for any non-payment and could result in legal action being taken.
For arrears accumulated after 1 April 2018:
You will need to arrange a payment plan with Severn Trent Water
- If I already have a water meter, or pay Severn Trent Water directly on an agreed tariff, is there any change for me?
No. You will see no change and you continue as you are currently.