Council house rents22/01/19
A RECORD number of council tenants in Dundee have taken part in a rent consultation which backed the lowest of three options for an annual increase.
Following an extensive eight week consultation 69% of the 2,282 tenants who took part opted for an increase of 3.75% equal to an average increase of £2.74 per week.
A report to the city council's policy and resources committee on Monday (January 28) will be asked to approve the change, which will come into effect from 1 April 2019.
Kevin Cordell convener of the council’s neighbourhood services committee said: "We've had a tremendous response to our consultation with the greatest number ever feeding in their views through the easy to use, robust and fair process.
“We are here to represent the views of the people of Dundee and this rent consultation gives them facts and figures to help our tenants make an informed choice about how much the rent on a council house should go up by, and what they get for their money.
As well as maintaining current service levels, a 3.75% rent increase will continue to reduce the number of households in fuel poverty in Dundee, allow for investment in existing housing stock and building new affordable housing and on-going environmental improvement
As in previous years the consultation included a number of local community events and provision of information on the council's website and in council offices.
Registered Tenants Organisations (RTOs) were also consulted as part of the process with Dundee Federation of Tenants Association and Forthill Tenants Association both opting for the 3.75% increase based on affordability.
Targeted use of relevant social media along with guidance for tenants to help them understand what their rent pays for, boosted participation numbers to more than 18% of council tenants in the city.
Anne Rendall depute convener of the council’s neighbourhood services committee added: “We always have to try to achieve a balance between rent levels and the investment that has to go into housing to meet people’s expectations.
"Across the city in the past few years there is more new social rented housing being built and becoming available; and more warmer, fuel efficient and easier to heat homes in our housing stock, demonstrating that our ambitious plans to regenerate public sector and social housing in the city are starting to bear fruit.
“Tenants are recognising that this level of rent increase will allow us to continue that transformation.”