Council to explore mid-market rent homes for East Renfrewshire

Council to explore mid-market rent homes for East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire Council is undertaking an assessment into the requirement and need for mid-market rent (MMR) housing in the local authority area.

MMR homes are designed to assist those who are on low to modest incomes, struggling to afford private renting or home ownership and for people who want an alternative housing option. The rent levels are set between social and private rent amounts.

During the development of the council’s new Local Housing Strategy, the availability of, and access to, affordable housing in East Renfrewshire was identified as a concern, particularly given the projected increase in the older population, increasing proportion of single person households and requirement for greater movement throughout the local housing market.

As part of the Strategic Housing Investment Plan, local authorities are required to identify proposed strategic affordable housing projects across all tenures; MMR housing is one of these considerations and this consultation will provide key information on what the current and future need is as well as the key issues, challenges and opportunities for the future of housing requirements in East Renfrewshire.

East Renfrewshire Council’s housing and environment convener Danny Devlin said: “We know that East Renfrewshire continues to be an extremely popular place to live and we’re committed to providing affordable housing options to people in a variety of circumstances. Mid-market rent homes are a possible solution for those who perhaps don’t meet the criteria for council housing, but struggle to afford private rent or mortgages. It’s really important that we gather the views from residents on this matter, so I’d encourage anyone wishing to have their say to visit our online survey.”

The online survey is open now.

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