Council rent increase - rents stay below average

Archived news: published on Friday 17 Feb 2017 by Fife Council

Apprentices work on a recent housing development

Apprentices work on a recent housing development

Fife councillors have unanimously agreed a rent increase of 3% for council house tenants in 2017/18 – a move that will help investment in warm, safe, secure and affordable homes continue.


Rents on council lock-ups will be frozen to allow a full review of their condition and an improvement plan to be put in place over the next year.


Today’s decisions were supported by tenants who were consulted on the proposals at last year’s Tenant’s Gathering and through a survey in the “Down Your Street” newsletter.


The council’s Executive Spokesperson for Housing and Building Services Cllr Judy Hamilton welcomed the council’s decision adding that a rent increase below the Scottish average will make a positive contribution to the fight against poverty and a fairer Fife.


She commented: “The Housing Revenue Account (HRA) gives us the opportunity to control our own income and by talking to residents we can decide – together - on our priorities.


“I’ve been talking to tenants around Fife at a range of events and they’re willing to support a modest rent increase, which will add £1.97 a week to the average property rent, to support growth and improvement. We all agree that access to more, better and secure affordable housing is critical.


“Fife is the highest investing local authority in Scotland with over three quarters of our rental income invested back into housing.


“This year we’re delivering new homes from Anstruther to Saline and we’re the largest developer of social housing in the United Kingdom. Our work with partners on the local house building program has contributed over £200m to the local economy, creating jobs and apprenticeships as well as homes.


“As well as helping record numbers of homeless people into housing, we’re tackling outdated housing and regenerating and rebuilding communities. We’re working to reduce fuel poverty and we’re future proofing our housing - making more homes accessible to those with disabilities and building new care villages.”


Council housing rent in Fife is around 3.5% below the Scottish average and up to 19% lower than registered housing landlords.

 

Judy Hamilton, Councillor 
Tel: 01592 26 65 17 Contact Judy Hamilton online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT

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