How much rent can you afford?
The first thing you need to do when looking for property to rent is to decide what you can afford to pay in rent. Rent will normally be due every month and you should also allow room in your budget for bills like council tax, gas, electricity and water as these will not normally be included in your rent. When you make a tenancy application, you'll need to prove that you earn enough money to cover the rent by at least 2.5x (two and a half times) the rent. Use our affordability calculator to see how much you can afford based on your earnings.