Neighbourhood Services aim to ensure that the highest quality of housing is provided for the people of Dundee in a safe and healthy environment. This will be achieved through partnerships across all sectors. We strive to provide a continually high standard of service, consulting and engaging with tenants on decisions which involve them. The Rent Consultation for 2018/19 is now underway and will run until 31st December 2017. Every year Neighbourhood Services looks at the rent and other charges that we need to collect so that we can continue to deliver the services that you have told us you want. We have looked at our budgets and have options for rent increases which we want to gather our tenants’ views on. Increase OptionsInflation has been calculated using a basket of indices comprising the consumer price index, the producer prices index and pay awards. The September 2017 inflation rate using this basket of indices plus 1% is 3.84%. We are consulting with tenants on 3 proposed increase options: Option 1 - 3.00% increaseCurrent services standards maintained.Average increase £2.13Maximum weekly increase £3.00 Option2 - 3.25% increaseCurrent services standards maintained. Plus loan costs of £115,000 for a further £1.6m to advance the Energy Efficiency for Scottish Social Housing (EESSH) target for 2020.Average increase £2.31Maximum weekly increase £3.25 Option 3 - 3.50% increaseCurrent services standards maintained. Plus loan costs of £230,000 for a further £3.2m to advance the Energy Efficiency for Scottish Social Housing (EESSH) target for 2020.Average increase £2.48Maximum weekly increase £3.50 It is proposed that the maximum weekly increase will be capped at £3.00 for the 3.00% increase, £3.25 for the 3.25% increase, and £3.50 for the 3.50% increase. Ready Reckoner To see what these options mean for you, please look at the Ready Reckoner Other Charges The consultation process will also include details relating to other Housing Charges which are being maintained at the current level:- The sheltered housing budget for 2018/19 shows a breakeven position based on current charges of £26.94 per week The communal cleaning charge remains at its current level of £1.34 per week. The electricity charge for Brington Place and Baluniefield Sheltered Housing remain at their current level of £6.46 and £7.11 per week for 2017/18. Charges for Car Parking facilities remain at their current levels with no proposed increase: Garage Lock Ups £8.77 per week Garage Sites £2.54 per week Future Rent Increases Information will be provided to tenants on future increases from 2018/9 to 2019/20. The estimates are based on our current forecasts and assumptions and may change in line with external factors such as inflation and interest rates movements.The two year projections shown below are based on current projected capital expenditure and capital receipts: > 2018/19 = 3.00% increase> 2019/20 = 3.00% increase Consultation Neighbourhood Services propose to further consult with tenants on these proposals using the following methods: Post boxes in Community Centres, Libraries and Sheltered Complexes Information will be displayed on public noticeboards Information will be displayed on the Council website and social media portals Postcards can be picked up from local housing offices, libraries, community centres and other council buildings for depositing in collection boxes We will have teams door knocking across the city Email us on email@example.com Text ‘RENT 1, 2 or 3’ to 0753 924 2303 Following the consultation period, all feedback received on the proposed options will be reported to Housing Committee on January 22nd, 2018.For more information read our FAQs. Prize DrawAll responses received will be entered into a Free Prize Draw to win a One4all Gift Card with £200 credit which can be spent in the majority of High Street and online stores. Terms and Conditions apply.