Three per cent rents rise for coun­cil ten­ants

Av­er­age weekly rent will be £63.06

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Ten­ant s in South La­nark­shire Coun­cil houses will see their rent in­crease by three per cent from April 1 on­wards.

Coun­cil­lors voted last Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 24, to the rent in­crease, as well as plans to har­monise rents across the lo­cal au­thor­ity area.

En­sur­ing peo­ple are pay­ing the same price for sim­i­lar prop­er­ties, ten­ants pay­ing above the har­monised rent level will have their rents re­duced by up to £2 per week and ten­ants pay­ing below the level up to £2 ex­tra.

The changes will see the av­er­age weekly rent charged at £63.06 per week in 2016/17.

Coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy said he is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the best qual­ity pos­si­ble for ten­ants in South La­nark­shire’s 25,400 coun­cil houses.

Mr McAvoy said: “Our hous­ing stock has al­ready seen more than £430mil­lion spent on new mod­ern kitchens and bath­rooms, new cen­tral heat­ing sys­tems, roof­ing, doors, win­dows and in­su­la­tion.

“And con­tin­u­ing in­vest­ment in new build coun­cil hous­ing sees us on track to build 600 new coun­cil houses by 2020.”

The £ 34.1m hous­ing cap­i­tal bud­get will be sup­ported by the ad­di­tional £10 per week charged to fam­i­lies tak­ing up te­nan­cies in new build homes from April 1, 2016.

The changes come af­ter 195 ten­ants took part in an on­line con­sul­ta­tion and ex­tended meet­ings of lo­cal hous­ing fo­rums.

Com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the best qual­ity pos­si­ble for ten­ants

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