Council Tenant Rent Consultation 2021

Closed 16 Feb 2021

Opened 20 Jan 2021

Overview

Brent Council is considering proposals for a 1.5% increase in rent for council tenants, which works out to an average of £1.75 pence a week, to pay for enhanced services.

The rent increase will enable the council to invest in council homes, including fitting new kitchens, bathrooms, windows and roofs. The extra funds will also help to install appropriate fire safety measures, carry out estate improvements, build new family homes and create user-friendly technology systems such as new apps that put residents in control.

Why we are consulting

The council launches this consultation today (20 January). The consultation will end Tuesday 16 February 2021.

The small increase is in line with the Regulator for Social Housing’s Rent Standard Guidance.

Electricity prices will also be going up slightly in line with the increase from the energy suppliers:

  • Communal electricity charges will be going up from £1.49 to £1.61
  • Communal heating charges will be going up from £8.68 to £9.37
  • Communal hot water will be going up from £2.39 to £2.58

Changes to service charges:

 There will be a freeze in the service charges below:

  • Ground maintenance
  • TV aerials
  • Laundry services

However, there will be a small increase in the following due to the increased cost of delivering the service:

  • Estate cleaning services will going up from £6.87 to £7.21
  • Concierge service charge will be going up from £10.70 to £11.37
  • Helpline service will be going up from £1.56 to £1.66

Investment in services:

With the small increases being proposed, the council will be able to provide the following investment:

  • £15m of planned investments, including kitchens, bathrooms, windows, estate improvements and fire safety measures
  • £12.6m on day-to-day repairs
  • In addition, we are investing over £90m on new family homes over the next four years.

If you are a Brent resident and have been impacted financially or personally by Covid-19, you could be eligible for financial support. We have funding that allows us to help residents that need additional help due to Covid-19 for more information visit https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/benefits-and-money-advice/resident-s-support-fund/

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All Residents

Interests

  • Consultations