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Now council house rents are set to rise

Created on 30/01/2018 @ 13:46
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Council house rents in Newtown and throughout the county are set to increase by at least 4.5% and by 6.4% in some cases.

Powys County Council wants to increase the rent on all homes, including an extra increase on larger properties.

Council garage rents are also set to increase by 4.5%.

A report states: "In February 2017, at the same time as Cabinet agreed to the annual rent increase for HRA rents and other charges, it also agreed a new rent setting policy, which has the effect of charging more for larger properties, to more closely replicate rent differentials in the private sector.

"This established target rents for some larger properties which would not be achieved in year 1, due to the limit the Welsh Government introduced on rent increases, and it was accepted that these increases would be phased in over a period of time for existing tenants."

It adds: "Therefore it is proposed that with effect from April 2018 the rent increase for the majority of HRA tenancies (2,119properties) is 4.5%, that for a further 991 homes the increase is greater than 4.5% but less than 4.5% + £2.00 per week and that for a further 2,232homes the increase will be 4.5% plus £2.00 a week (6.4%)."

Service charges are also set to increase.

The cost of community alarms in some properties, such as sheltered accommodation, is also set to rise and the cost that had been paid for through Housing Benefit in some cases is likely to have to be paid directly by the tenant.

Councillors are due to vote on the charges today.

The increases come on top of 5% increases in Council Tax by the county council, Dyfed Powys Police and an 18% increase by Newtown Town Council.

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