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Rent Consultation - Have Your Say On How We Spend Your Rent

As from April 2015 Cardiff Council are gaining greater financial control over how it runs its housing services.

The new arrangements will mean:

  • The Council will be able to invest more of the rent it collects in council homes and housing services
  • There will be more opportunities for the Council to build new homes
  • There will be more choice on how we spend money received from rents and you can be part of that decision making process

The Changes will not affect:

  • Your rights as a tenant
  • Your landlord - the new arrangements will not change your landlord (City of Cardiff Council) in anyway

The change will make it possible to invest in more projects to increase the available housing and to improve existing properties and neighbourhoods. Some of the current schemes that we are planning are listed below:

  • Building New Homes - the Housing Partnership Programme aims to deliver 1,500 new homes over the project life with at least 40% Council rented and low cost home ownership
  • Major Estate Regeneration works at Trowbridge Mawr and Hodges Square. Other smaller scale projects throughout the city
  • Expansion of the Community HUBs making housing and benefit advice more accessible and the provision of other services such as job clubs, work related training and free internet access
  • Large scale capital improvement works e.g. 'A' rated boiler upgrade programme, over cladding works, house painting, roofing replacements, communal flooring upgrades and new front doors for low rise flats
  • The continued delivery of Community Benefits in partnership with our external building contractors, delivery of apprenticeships for people living in your communities and the volunteering of staff time

More schemes like these will be possible following the changes from April.

The New Rent Policy

While the Council will still decide the rents for individual properties, the Welsh Government will set a minimum rent increase each year.

It is proposed that from April rents will increase by 2.7% plus £2 per week.

This is in line with the Welsh Government guidelines which protect individual tenants from large annual increases.

As a result of this change the average rent for a council home will increase by £3.83 per week. Please note that this excludes services charges.

If you receive housing benefit, your benefit will increase automatically to cover any change in your rent.

Council rents will remain good value. Rents charged by private landlords are about 50% higher than Council rents.

No. of Bedrooms Market Rent Local Housing Allowance Rate* Current Average Council Rent
1 £121 £104 £75
2 £150 £128 £87
3 £183 £152 £100
4 £230 £192 £112

*The Local Housing Allowance Rate is amount that private sector tenants can claim in housing benefit.

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