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Running a Home

If you already run your own home, you’ll know how much it can cost. As well as rent and council tax, there are utilities such as gas, electricity and water.

If this is the first time your looking at a home, then there are costs you will need to think about.  You need to make sure that you can afford these costs before you accept any offer that we make you.

Costs to Consider

When you first move into a home you will need to budget for the following things:

  • Furniture
  • Carpets
  • Curtains/Blinds
  • White goods, (fridge, freezer, washing machine)
  • Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Bed(s)
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Kitchen utensils, cutlery and crockery
  • Television
  • Redecoration

Once you have set up home, you will need to pay regular bills, including:


Paying your rent is a priority. Paying by direct debit is the easiest way to pay and providing you pay a whole year by this method we will give you a discount of £48 a year.

Council Tax

Council Tax is payable on top of the rent for general services provided by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and has to contribute to i.e. Police and the Fire Service. If you are on a low income you may be able to get assistance with your rent and council tax, contact Merthyr County Borough Council on 01685 725000 for more information.


There are two common ways of paying for water:

Water meter – you only pay for the water you use.

Water rates – You pay a set amount no matter how much water you use. Water rates are calculated based on the Rateable Value of the property.

For advice call Welsh Water on 0800 052 0145

Electricity and Gas

You will need to heat and light your home, cook and operate electrical appliances. Your fuel bills can range from £28 per week or more, especially in the winter. There are many gas and electricity companies, you could save a lot of money if you shop around to find the best deal. For more information about which utilities provider is best for you visit

TV Licence

A TV licence costs £145.50 each year this is £3.00 per week

Find out more about how to pay at

Related Links

Council Tax Charges
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council