At the start of each year, we review your rent for the coming year. In line with the Government's Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, the Council has approved a rent decrease of 1% to be applied from 1 April 2019.
How rent is worked out
Most council rents are social rents which, for individual properties, are set in accordance with a Government formula. The formula is based on a property valuation, the number of bedrooms and average income in South Yorkshire.
A very small number of council rents are Affordable Rents. Affordable Rent is up to 80% of the market/private rent for equivalent property in an area. It is higher than social rent and was brought in by the Government in 2010 to provide social landlords with financial capacity to deliver new affordable homes.
Changes to other charges
Other changes from Monday 1 April 2019 agreed by the Council are:
- garage rents for garage plots and garage sites will remain unchanged. Existing garage tenants who are awaiting investment work to their garage plot/site will continue to pay their current rent until the work has been completed. The garage rent will then be charged at the 2019/20 rate
- the community heating standing charge will increase by £0.20 per week for 2019/20
- no increases to burglar alarms or service charges for furnished and sheltered accommodation
- water charges (for Yorkshire Water customers) will be shown on the second rents letter you will receive. A leaflet from the water company providing further information will be sent separately
- if you receive your water charge from Severn Trent then they will collect this directly rather than it being included with your weekly rent
If you pay by Direct Debit
If you pay your rent by Direct Debit, we will write to you during April advising you of the new Direct Debit amount. We will also inform your bank of the new amount that is payable. We will do this at least two weeks prior to any change.
If you pay by Standing Order
If you pay your rent by Standing Order, please inform your bank of the new amount as soon as possible.
Help and advice
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, or struggling to pay your rent, then there is support available. We can provide help and advice on your money matters, as well as discussing your new rent payments with you.
Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Business Plan Update 2019-2020
A rent reduction of 1% was approved by Council in February 2019 as part of the HRA Business Plan 2019-2020.
The Business Plan report is available to read and can be downloaded. Please contact us on 0114 273 4567 if you would like the Business Plan in another format.