THE largest social landlord in North Hertfordshire has announced an increase in rent and service charges.

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Tenants of North Hertfordshire Homes face a 6.1 per cent rise in rent each week, with an average three bedroom house increasing from £98 to £106 per week.

There will also be a hike in charges for services such as lift repairs and ground maintenance.

Both costs are subject to a government regulated formula, as well as a small adjustment towards the target rent set for every social home.

Nathan Mallows, director of finance at North Hertfordshire Homes, said: “Announcing increases is always a difficult communication, but I want to reassure tenants that our average rents will still be much lower compared with average rents across the district. For example, a three bedroom house averages at £205 per week.

“We appreciate that the increases are challenging especially at this time, and we hope that low rents, high tenant satisfaction ratings and assured tenancies demonstrate good value for money, and offer some peace of mind.”

Any tenants who are having difficulty paying their rent should contact their landlord. Organisations such as the Black Squirrel Credit Union and the Citizens Advice Bureau are also available for independent advice.

Linda Albert, deputy manager at North Herts Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “We recognise that the increase in rent will put further pressure on low income households that are already struggling to make ends meet. North Herts Citizen’s Advice Bureau will continue to work closely with North Hertfordshire Homes’ tenants to give support to those who are in financial difficulty and are struggling to pay their rent.”

5 comments

  • I have every sympathy with Kelly. The private rented market is a scandal caused in part by the refusal by both Labour and Conservative to build council houses since the big sell off in the Eighties.

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    patrick newman

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • I'm sick of the fact that half the people in social housing either don't need them, don't need the size or had kids clearly expecting them to be state funded! I was kicked out at 18 with no help from anyone except 25% off my council tax like I'm 75% of a joint income on my own and I created my own destiny. My one bed rented flat costs £650 so you're all still laughing at me when you're paying £100 a week! (those who generally deserve the help are excluded from my rant). Just some people don't know how lucky they have it.

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    Kelly

    Saturday, March 3, 2012

  • I'm a little bit confused, North Herts Homes say the increase is regulated by The Tenant Services Authority, however, on the TSA web site, it says its a guideline. Now i thought that a guideline was just that, not an absolute so in theory they didnt need to put the rent up by the full amount of 6.1% . However to be fair, the rents are still very good value compared with the private market and NHH are a very good Housing association and have done a lot to improve the quality of the homes they rent.

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    Mr_Mac

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Six and seven figured salaried residents living in £1M houses face no increase in local tax but tenants, most on low incomes, face an 8% increase - where's the justice in that! Unlike Stevenage's recent increase at least the tenants are not confused about the political interests of those responsible.

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    patrick newman

    Friday, March 2, 2012

  • I'm a little bit confused, North Herts Homes say the increase is regulated by The Tenant Services Authority, however, on the TSA web site, it says its a guideline. Now i thought that a guideline was just that, not an absolute so in theory they didnt need to put the rent up by the full amount of 6.1% . However to be fair, the rents are still very good value compared with the private market and NHH are a very good Housing association and have done a lot to improve the quality of the homes they rent.

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    Mr_Mac

    Monday, March 5, 2012

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