Rent Level Consultation 2017-18

Closed 6 Jan 2017

Opened 7 Nov 2016

Feedback updated 24 Feb 2017

We asked

We asked tenants and registered tenants organisations for their views on our rent consultation and a proposed rent increase of 5%.

You said

93% of respondents said they were happy with the level of consultation and information they get about the annual rent increase

91% think the rent they pay is good value for money

77% said that they think the proposal to increase rents by 5% is fair

We did

All the feedback from the consultation was put in a report for the Council's budget meeting on Tuesday 21st February 2017 to inform the Council and Elected Members of the outcome of the consultation. At that meeting a decision was made to increase rents by 5%. We will write out to all our tenants now to tell them what their rent and services changes will be for 2017/18.

Results updated 24 Feb 2017

Feedback gathered through the consultation exercise was reported to East Lothian Council on the 21st February 2017 - you can view the full report below.




East Lothian Council consults with tenants, tenants and residents groups and East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel every year on our proposals to increase rents. This year the consultation will end on Friday 6th January.

We will use the results to prepare a report for a special budget meeting of the full council in February 2017. At this meeting, councillors will decide the level of rent and service charge change for council tenants in the year 2017-18. We will then write to tell you what your rent and service charges will be for 2017-18. You should receive this letter at least four weeks before the 3rd April 2017, which is the date your payment will be adjusted, subject to the decision at the council's budget meeting.

Last year, the majority of tenants who responded to our consultation on a 5% increase agreed with the council's commitment to build new houses and to continue with the modernisation of its existing stock. They also said that they thought the rent they pay is good value for money and that the council was proposing a fair increase.

A letter has been sent out to all council tenants telling them how rent money is spent and inviting them to take part in this consultation - you can find a copy of this letter under 'Related Documents' below.

As provisionally indicated, within the budget approved earlier this year for 2017/18 the council is considering a rent increase of 5%. This is the best estimate of what it will take to maintain existing services, continue with the investment in the development of new council houses and maintain and improve our council houses.

How to Have Your Say

If you are a council tenant you will receive a letter and a printed questionnaire through the post over the next week or so. You can either complete and return the printed questionnaire, or you can respond online by following the link below.

If you would like more information or to talk to someone about the rent proposals, please get in touch with Deborah Piner in the Service Development Team - Freephone 0800 413 721 or email or write to Community Housing, East Lothian Council, Penston House, Macmerry Industrial Estate, Macmerry, EH33 1EX


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