Council rents are agreed each year, following rules set by central government and taking into account factors such as average manual wages, council property values and the number of bedrooms in your home.
You should have received your rent notice at the beginning of March, letting you know what the weekly rent for your tenancy will be from April 2023 to March 2024.
This year’s 7 per cent increase is set in line with the rent cap implemented by central government and represents an average rise of £5.85 per week.
The increase will help cover rises in inflation and ensure the council can continue to:
- maintain council homes and estates
- provide kitchen, bathroom and electrical upgrades
- build more council homes.
We will contact you directly about your rent and anything you need to do regarding your payments.
If you pay by Direct Debit, you don’t need to do anything, your payments will be updated automatically.
Universal Credit and Housing Benefit
If you receive Universal Credit, you will need to update your journal with the increase in rent or you won’t receive all the benefit you’re entitled to.
You will be sent an action called a “To-Do” via your Universal Account account [i.e. journal]. The To-do will betitled “Update your Housing Costs”. This will ask for responses to a number of questions to establish whether your rent charge has changed
All changes need to be made once they have happened (i.e. after the rent has changed in April).
If you receive Housing Benefit, you don’t need to anything.
Concerned about money?
Many residents are feeling the effects of ongoing cuts and rising living costs.
The city council is committed to supporting those hit hardest by the cost-of-living crisis – this is why next year’s budget includes proposals to retain the council tax support scheme which provides relief of up to 100 per cent of council tax bills for those who are struggling.
Free money and budgeting advice is available to all council tenants. Speak to a housing officer or complete the advice referral form to find out more.