Rent pay changes planned

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North La­nark­shire Coun­cil is propos­ing to re­struc­ture the way it sets hous­ing rent lev­els.

Ten­ants are cur­rently re­ceiv­ing a news­let­ter out­lin­ing the plans and are be­ing asked to com­plete an opin­ion sur­vey on the plans.

It out­lines that changes would be phased in over a seven-year pe­riod; and asks whether res­i­dents agree with the new rent lev­els, and with the use of prop­erty size and type as the main de­ter­min­ing fac­tors.

The lo­cal author­ity’s aim is to sim­plify the cur­rent charg­ing sys­tem, which con­sists of “192 dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions across [ the coun­cil’s] 36,500 homes” by tak­ing into ac­count win­dows, heat­ing and age of prop­erty, with new builds at­tract­ing a pre­mium.

Head of hous­ing so­lu­tions Stephen Llewellyn said: “The way we cur­rently work out rental charges is dif­fi­cult to fol­low – we want to make this sys­tem much fairer and eas­ier to un­der­stand.

“The changes won’t in­crease the over­all amount we col­lect and ev­ery penny will con­tinue to be spent im­prov­ing coun­cil houses.

“Our pro­posed struc­ture aims to be easy and straight­for­ward to un­der­stand, set the same rent for same house type and size right across North La­nark­shire, and be fair and con­sis­tently ap­plied for all res­i­dents.

“Hous­ing stan­dards and in­vest­ment have im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly,. and we need a struc­ture which ac­cu­rately re­flects this.”

North La­nark­shire of­fi­cials add: “Rents charged by the coun­cil will re­main the sec­ond-low­est in Scot­land this year, and sig­nif­i­cantly lower than those charged by other lo­cal hous­ing providers.”

The sur­vey can be com­pleted at www. sur­vey­mon­key. co. uk/ r/ ren­tre­struc­ture or by vis­it­ing First Stop Shops.

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