Wolverhampton Council tenants will see rent rise

Rents are set to rise more than double the rate of inflation for council tenants in Wolverhampton, it was revealed today.

Wolverhampton Civic Offices

Housing bosses are consulting tenants on raising rents by five, six or seven per cent from next April. But Wolverhampton Homes, which runs 23,500 properties, said it is not increasing its budget and the rises would help offset some cuts.

A rent rise of five per cent would still result in a £839,000 cut in the budget for work next year. This would mean garage sites could not be improved and shops which could be converted into flats would be left as they are.

If a six per cent rise is introduced there would be no cuts and planned works would continue, while at seven per cent communal areas would be renovated and landscaping and environmental work would be carried out in Heath Town.

The average rent is currently £72.39 per home per week following a 5.6 per cent rise imposed in April 2012.

Residents would pay on average £188 to £263.50 a year more as a result.

Philip Toni, director of resources at Wolverhampton Homes, said: “The important thing is that tenants must be listened to.”

Comments for: "Wolverhampton Council tenants will see rent rise"

Woody

Still cheap when compared to the private rental market where the average 3 bed home is £575 pcm in this region.

English Exile

Before you all start getting on your high horses about this increase, let me just say, 90% of tenants get their rent paid in benefits and those that don't are still getting cheap housing.

shreks left foot

I hope you have hard data to back up those claims my friend...........but somehow i doubt it,so you just keep banging on about benefits and such and keep your head in the sand as we are not all the same......!!!

London Bloke

The average rent of less than £300 per month is ridiculously cheap. Hopefully the new measures on extra charges for empty rooms will alter the way social housing is used and raise revenue. The council also needs to look at controls on social housing being "handed down" through generations as it means a lot of people who could afford to go into bought or private rented accommodation are still in these cheap houses.