Below-inflation rents agreed for ‘social housing’

BELOW-inflation levels of rent are to be paid by people living in social housing (aka housing association and local authority housing).

It follows an agreement between the Scottish Government and ‘social landlords’ covering the financial year, 2023-24.

At the moment, inflation stands at 11.1 per cent.

As for private sector rents, the Scottish Government says, here: “Under the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Act 2022, rents are effectively frozen in the social rented sectors until 31 March 2023. Decisions on future plans for the private sector rent freeze, as well as other measures contained in the Act, will be announced in the coming weeks.”

Adds the announcement: “CoSLA [Convention of Scottish Local Authorities] and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) have published statements setting out their members’ intentions for rent in 2023/24.

“CoSLA has committed to keeping local authority rent increases to an average of no more than £5 a week. Members of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Glasgow West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations have reported planned increases averaging 6.1 per cent.”

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