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SLC Rent Set To Increase
South Lanarkshire Council rents will rise by three per cent as part of the 2016/17 budget.
The rent hike was announced at a meeting of South Lanarkshire Council’s Executive Committee. Council Leader, Labour’s Eddie McAvoy, said the increase would go towards a £34.1 million investment as part of the Housing Capital Programme budget.
The average rent in 2016/17 will be £63.06 per week.
But Mr McAvoy said he is committed to providing the best quality possible for tenants in South Lanarkshire’s 25,400 council houses and rent charges for South Lanarkshire council tenants remain the sixth lowest of the 46 social landlords in Scotland with 3000 or more houses.
He said: “Our housing stock has already seen more than £430million spent on new modern kitchens and bathrooms, new central heating systems, roofing, doors, windows and insulation. And continuing investment in new build council housing sees us on track to build 600 new council houses by 2020.”
The council is working towards harmonising rents ensuring that all tenants in the same size and house style pay the same rent.
Tenants paying above the harmonised rent level will have their rents reduced by up to £2 per week and tenants paying below the level will pay up to an additional £2 per week.
To continue investment in new build council houses an additional charge of £10 per week will be added to the rent charge for properties completed with an entry date on or after April 1 2016.
This charge will support the new build element of the investment programme and reflects the views of tenants.