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Renting a Garage FAQ

Do I have to be a Colchester Borough Homes Tenant or leaseholder to get a garage?

No, anyone who lives in the borough can rent a garage from us.

How much does it cost?

If you are a tenant then we will charge you £12.19 per week in areas of high demand for garages.  There is a lower charge of £10.67 per week in areas where the demand is lower. (2018/19)
If you are not a tenant, then we have to charge you 20% VAT rate.

What is the best way to pay?

We strongly recommend that you set up a direct debit to pay for your garage, to make sure your account is always in credit. You can find out more information.

Can I get a discount?

You can if you pay for a full year in advance. In 2016 the discount is £30.06. However, the condition for getting the discount is that a full years rent has to be paid by 30th April each year for that financial year. For more information about the discount call the Customer Services team on 01206 282514.

What can I use my garage for?

Garages should normally be used to store your car, but you can use them for other things as long as you don't cause a nuisance or do anything which is dangerous or illegal. You must not use your garage for carrying out any business or trade unless we give you permission in writing first. You must never store petrol or other flammable substances in the garage.

Is there any reason why I might be refused a garage?

If you are a tenant or leaseholder and owe us any money, then we will not consider you for a garage. If you have had a garage with us, but still owe us money, you will also not be considered.

What happens if I fall behind on the rent?

We have a zero-tolerance policy towards rent arrears on garages. This means if you fall behind on your payments we will take steps to recover the garage so we can rent it to someone else.

How do I end my garage tenancy?

You can end your garage tenancy by giving one week's notice in writing, ending on a Monday. Remember to make sure that the rent is up to date, all the keys are returned and all your belongings are removed.

Can we end your garage tenancy?

Yes. If you do not pay your rent, or if you break the conditions of your garage tenancy, we can give you one week's notice in writing that we are ending your tenancy. We will charge you if we have to change the locks.