Highland Council Rent Consultation 2020/2021

There are a few challenges facing us in setting rent levels for next year. We no longer have income from Right to Buy sales, which have previously been used to reduce borrowing and loan charges. Staff costs are increasing as are building and construction costs, which all impact on the overall cost of the service.

We are proposing:

The minimum rent increase required in order to continue with current levels of service, and deliver the agreed level of capital investment is 2.5%. This would mean an average rent increase of £1.80 per week.

A rent increase of 3% would allow us to spend an extra £460,000 on planned maintenance and other estate improvements. This would mean an average rent increase of around £2.20 per week.

A rent increase of 3.5% would allow us to spend an extra £920,000 on planned maintenance and other estate improvements. That would mean an average rent increase of around £2.55 per week.
 
Please note: If you live in a new build property you will currently pay a new build supplement of up to £11.13 per week, and any percentage rent increase would be slightly higher than the averages quoted. If you are in any doubt about the amount of rent you are paying, please contact us on 01349 886602.

In 2020-21 we plan to invest £14.6m in our capital programme
This includes:
  • £1m on adaptations such as walk-in showers
  • £4.9m on upgrades/replacements which will include approximately 160 new bathrooms, 180 new kitchens and 375 new windows and doors
  • £5m on energy efficiency works including over 460 new heating systems and 50 properties being externally insulated
  • £1m on rewiring of properties
  • £2.3m on external fabric works such as harling or roofing repairs, including over 120 properties being re-roofed
Improvements to housing estates – We have set a budget in 2020/21 of £680,000 to improve housing estates (e.g. new fencing, works to garage areas), as we continue to receive feedback that tenants want further improvements to the environment around their homes. We would like your views on what you would like to see done.

Increasing rents as set out above would allow us to carry out more cyclical planned maintenance such as painting of windows and doors, external painting and roof and gutter cleaning.

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* 1. Name and address (you only need to give us this information if you want to be entered into the draw for 4 x £25 of vouchers - that is all we will use the information for)

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* 2. Do you think your rent is good value for money?

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* 3. Do you get help to pay your rent by claiming Housing Benefit or UC?

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* 4. Do you think we should increase the amount of money we spend on planned maintenance and other estate improvements?

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* 5. Please indicate if you would be prepared to see a higher rent increase as indicated below so that we can carry out more planned maintenance and other estate improvements.

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