Rent Setting

Rent setting consultation 2020/2021.

A 2.5% rent increase for 2020/21 will be applied from 28 March 2020. The increase ensures our rents remain competitive and affordable as well as allowing us to set aside significant funds for future investment in the maintenance of our stock, including a planned £2.3 million major repairs spend in the year ahead.

Thank you to all 161 tenants and sharing owners who returned their feedback slips. This was a good response (13.8% of all tenants and sharing owners). All responses received from consultation were presented to our Management Committee for consideration on 28 January, as follows:

Option 1 (2.5%)- 67.7%

Option 2 (3%) - 21.7% 

Option 3 (3.5%) - 10.6%

At the meeting, the Management Committee agreed to Option 1 with a 2.5% increase, taking into account:

• the 161 responses, with Option 1 being the preference (67.7%)
• meeting and consulting with one of our residents groups
• how affordable our rents are, how they compare with other landlords and the costs required to manage and maintain tenants’ homes

Option 1, a 2.5% increase will allow the following:

• Continued delivery of services already provided to you and your family including property maintenance and
management
• Access to welfare rights advice and assistance
• Access to various Wider Role activities at our Whitecrook based regeneration centre, Centre81
• Delivery of planned £2.3m Major Repairs investment programme
• Delivery of planned cyclical maintenance programme including painter work and electrical testing throughout our stock

We held a prize draw this year and Christopher Brown of central Clydebank was the lucky winner of a £50 grocery voucher. We also committed to making a donation to the West Dunbartonshire Foodshare to encourage responses and a cheque of £100 was issued to them.

The Community Foodshare said, “The Board of West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare would like to thank you for your generous cheque for £100. This will help us to continue providing food and support to people in West Dunbartonshire who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families.”