Garage rent rise angers some tenants
INCREASES of 40 per cent on council garage rents this month has angered some users, says a councillor.
Cllr Tony Maltby (Ind) demanded an explanation for the hefty increases at last week’s full council meeting.
He said the rises had had a considerable impact, with one blind tenant who relies on his wife to drive horrified by the rise.
Council leader Paul Clokie (Con) said garage rents had previously been below market value and the extra income was needed to complete essential repairs.
He said: “As a result of the April increase, 33 tenants have given up citing the increase as their reason.
“The remaining 1,743 garage tenants continue.
“Investment is needed to bring the stock up to acceptable standard and repairs will cost £71,855 and a 30-year maintenance programme £5.6 million.”
Lettings have now been banded with high-demand sites (occupancy of 95 per cent or more) charged extra.
The two-band pricing system will raise an additional £152,000 annually towards refurbishment costs.
He agreed officers would investigate the concerns of the blind man and consider if his situation was a hardship case.