Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney

Rent Payment

Your rent card tells you how much to pay, and when to pay it. Rent is charged weekly in advance and may be reduced if you receive Housing Benefit.

How You Can Pay Council Rent

Bank Standing Order: We prefer it if you pay by monthly standing order from your bank account.

  • Debit or Credit Card: If you wish to make payment over the phone, please contact the Council offices on telephone: 01856873535 extension 2905 or 2115. This service is available between 09:00 -17:00, Monday to Friday.
  • By Post: Cheques should be crossed and made payable to Orkney Islands Council. Please write your name and address on the back of the cheque along with the rent reference number and send it to the Cash Collection Office, Orkney Islands Council, Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY.
  • At the Council’s payment offices: If you call in at the office, please take your rent card along with you. There are payment offices at the main Council building in School Place, Kirkwall, open 09:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday and at the Warehouse Building, Ferry Road, Stromness open 09:00 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 16:00, Monday to Friday.
  • On-line payments: You can pay by debit card online; please visit our online payments web page, available through the Related Link section of this web page.
  • Deduction from your wage or salary: This is only available to Council staff.

 Below is a table detailing the average weekly rent for different sized properties in Orkney, as at April 2014:

No of Bedrooms


1 Bedroom

2 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

5 Bedrooms

Average Weekly Rent.







 Please note rent is payable for 48 weeks of each year.  Whereas, other Landlords may charge a weekly rent for the full 52 weeks.

Further Information on Paying Council Rent

If you require further information about paying rent to Orkney Islands Council, please contact the Revenues team on telephone: 01856873535 extension 2115 or direct dial telephone: 01856886 311 or via email.

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