Your Rent for 2017-18
The rent for 2017/18 was decided at the Ordinary Council meeting on 1st March 2017.
Previous to this, rent setting for this year was also discussed at Environment and Housing Management Committee on 7th December 2016 and Policy, Finance and Resources Committee on 15th February 2017. There has also been consultation with Tenant Talkback regarding the proposed changes.
As the result of a change in the Government’s summer budget, in line with the new Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015/2016, it was announced last year that rents within the social housing sector will be reduced by 1% every year for four years. This year the guidelines include both general needs and sheltered housing properties.
As a result of this your rent will be reduced by 1% for the next year from April 2017 until March 2018. If you pay a service charge, these have also been frozen for the coming year. Although this will be welcome new to tenants, the further reduction in rents will result in additional pressures on the Council to reduce spending and make savings across the department.
You should now have received your individual letters advising of these changes.
The new rent year for 2017-18 will commence on 3rd April 2017 and will finish on 31st March 2018.
If you have any difficulties paying your rent, please contact the Estates Management Team on 01277 312 500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.