Councillors agree Stevenage council house rents for 2017/18

01 Feb 2017

Stevenage councillors this week (Tuesday 31 January) agreed council house rents and service charges for the next 12 months.

Government legislation introduced last year means that social rents in England will fall by 1 percent over a four-year period. In Stevenage this year around 7,900 council tenants will see their rent go down by an average of 97p per week from 1 April 2017. 

Councillors also agreed to some reductions or no increase for more than 2,100 (72%) of council tenants whose properties are subject to service charges. The remaining 810 households will have an average increase of 93p per week.

Councillor Jeannette Thomas, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People said: “We are committed to providing good quality housing that people in Stevenage can afford. Rent for the average three-bedroom council home in the town will be £107.25 per week, excellent value for our tenants and less than half of the average weekly private rent for a three-bedroom property of around £265.

“While the rent reduction is no bad thing for our tenants in hard-pressed financial times, we use rental income to fund development and improvements programmes – such as providing new homes for Stevenage residents. We estimate that over the next 30 years we will lose £225 million in the amount of rental income we receive. This means we have much less money to invest in our current housing and to put towards building new homes.”

For further information on the rent setting process and to read the council’s housing allocations policy, please visit Stevenage.gov.uk

Cllr Thomas added: “Our Income Team here at the council can provide all kinds of support and advice so I would urge our tenants to contact them as early as they can if they have any concerns or difficulties in paying their rent.”

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