Costs to be considered
Other housing costs
Apart from the rent or mortgage you need to consider any other charges that might be associated with your new home.
If the landlord (or agent) provides a service like cleaning and maintenance of communal areas (usually the case with flats), this extra charge may be levied on top of your rent. If there is support on site this will also attract an extra charge.
Check what services are provided and what the cost is before taking on a tenancy or buying a new home. If you are taking on self-contained accommodation, you will normally be expected to pay the Council Tax, Water Charges, Fuel Bills, TV Licence Fee etc. Some landlords may include such charges in with the rent. Find out which applies in your case.