Rent Consultation 2019-2020

Closed 14 Dec 2018

Opened 5 Nov 2018

Feedback updated 1 May 2019

We asked

We asked tenants, tenants and residents groups and ELTRP for their views on our proposed rent increase of 5%.

You said

Of those who responded to our consultation:

  • 95% were happy with the level of consultation and information they received about the annual rent increase
  • 92% thought that the rent they pay is good value for money
  • 78% said that they thought the proposal to increase rents by 5% was fair.

We did

All the feedback received was put in to a report for the Council’s Special Budget Meeting on Tuesday 12th February 2019 to inform the Council and Elected Members of the outcome of the consultation.   At that meeting, a decision was taken to increase rents by 5%.  We have now written out to all our tenants to advise them what their rent and service charges will be for 2019-20.


Every year East Lothian Council consults with tenants, tenants' and residents' groups, and East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel (ELTRP) on our proposals to increase rents.

The council is considering a rent increase of 5%, this is our best estimate of what it will take to maintain existing services, continue with our investment in the development of new council homes, and maintain and improve our existing housing stock.

You can find details of how rent money is currently spent in the Rent Level Consultation Leaflet under Related Documents below.

How to Have Your Say

If you are a council tenant you will receive a letter and printed questionnaire through the post over the next week or so. To provide feedback please:

  • Complete and return the printed questionnaire, or
  • Respond using our online questionnaire below  

Additional Information

If you would like more information or would like to talk to someone about the rent proposals you can get in touch with Deborah Piner in the Service Development Team:


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  • East Lothian Council Tenants


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