West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative proposes 2% rent increase

West Whitlawburn Housing coopThe management committee of West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative is currently considering the appropriate rent charges for the forthcoming financial year and is consulting with all tenants/members to allow them to express their views.

A letter which has been sent to all tenant/members details a proposal for a 2% uplift on all rents for 2017/18.

The letter reads: “The Co-operative’s approach to rent setting has always been to ensure we deliver as high a quality of accommodation and services as possible, at a rent which is reasonable, comparable with other similar landlords, and affordable to our members/tenants.

“We are sure most tenants/members agree that we consistently achieve this objective and regular tenants satisfaction surveys confirm that the vast majority of tenants think WWHC rents are very good value for money.

“The Co-operative’s management committee, who decide rent levels, all of whom are WWHC tenants themselves, are acutely aware of the financial and economic difficulties many of our tenants face currently.

“Our strategy is to continue to invest in our properties and protect high quality front line services, for you our tenants/members. Over the past few years we have needed to make considerable budget savings due to the economic climate. In doing so we have succeeded in ensuring that services we provide to you are not significantly affected.

“With a full understanding of the difficulties many tenants/members are currently facing in relation to financial hardship, The management committee is keen to ensure only a minimal rent uplift this year and is proposing a 2% uplift on all rents for 2017/18, which is just slightly above inflation currently.

“The management committee is very keen to hear your views on this proposal.”

To respond to the consultation you can write to or email director Paul Farrell no later than 12 noon on February 27.

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