Rent Increase 2020/21 Consultation

Closed 25 Oct 2019

Opened 6 Sep 2019

Results updated 28 Jul 2021

During September and October 2019 we asked our tenants to tell us what they thought about the 2020/21 rent increase. We gave tenants a choice of three different increases – 2%, 3%, and 4%. To help make an informed choice, we also explained how each option affected improving the services we provide.

A short survey was sent to every tenants’ home, along with a pre-paid envelope for return. We also made the survey available online and posted copies to our Registered Tenants’ Organisations to encourage as many people as possible to give us their views. As an incentive, the Housing Service pledged to donate £1.00 to Strathcarron Hospice for every survey returned. In total, 1463 surveys were returned. This meant we were able to donate £1,463.00 to Strathcarron Hospice.

1463 returns were received to the survey, which is 9% of our tenant population.  This was an increase of 431 on the 2019/20 Rent Increase Consultation, where we received 1032 responses.  87.29% of surveys were received by post, and 12.71%were received online. 

Here’s what our tenants’ told us in the survey:

• 1317 people answered the question about whether their preferred increase, with the results as follows:

Answer

Number

Percentage

Option 1 (2.0%)

655

49.73%

Option 2 (3.0%)

421

31.97%

Option 3 (4.0%)

241

18.30%

TOTAL

1317

100.00%

• 1334 people answered the questions about whether they considered their rent as very good or good value for money. Overall, 64.1% considered it very good or good value.

Rent increase as value for money

Number

Percentage

Strongly agree

217

16.27%

Agree

638

47.83%

Neither agree nor disagree

178

13.34%

Disagree

115

8.62%

Strongly disagree

186

13.94%

TOTAL

1334

100.00%

A rent increase of 3% was approved by Council on 22 January 2020, the papers for this can be viewed here.

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Overview

We want you to have your say on what you think the level of Falkirk Council's proposed rent increase for 2020/21 should be. 

We will donate £1 to Strathcarron Hospice for every survey completed.

This consultation has been posted out to all Falkirk Council tenants.

Why your views matter

Rents have to increase each year:

  • to continue repair and maintenance levels to our 16,000 homes
  • to meet increased running costs due to increases in inflation and borrowing costs

   

We want to know how much you want to see your rent increase by and how much we should invest in our properties.

For further information on how the information you provide will be used, please read our privacy notice.

Clicking on the 'I agree' button below indicates that:

  • you have read the privacy notice
  • you agree to take part

What happens next

The results of this consultation will be presented to a future meeting of Falkirk Counciul, where the final decision on a rent increase for 2020/21 will be made.

The next edition of  our tenants magazine, 'Tenant Talk', will outline the results and also how much was donated to Strathcarron Hospice.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Homeless people
  • Council tenants

Interests

  • Council homes
  • Homeless or at risk