The rent level for 2024/25 was agreed at a meeting of the Housing and Social Wellbeing Committee on 24th January 2024. Councillors agreed a 6% rent increase for 2024/25 in line with the views of our tenants.
The 6% rent increase was recommended following a consultation with tenants which gathered almost 3,000 responses.
This will mean an average weekly rent increase of £4.51 per week, and an average weekly rent of £79.74. Perth and Kinross will have the 5th lowest council rent in Scotland, £5.36 lower than the projected Scottish average.
The rent increase will pay for enhanced service levels for tenants as well as financial pressures facing our Housing Revenue account.
The new rent level will come into effect from Monday 1st April 2024. A letter will be sent to you outlining what your new rent level will be.
You can work out exactly what your 2024/25 weekly rent level will be using this rent calculator:
Tenants who receive Universal Credit
If you receive Universal Credit payments you'll need to tell the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) about your new rent level.
The way Universal Credit works means it is up to you to tell the DWP that your rent is going up, and by how much. After April 1st the DWP will send a 'To Do' action to your online Universal Credit journal. This will be called 'Report Any Changes to Your Housing Costs'. Please answer the questions in this action - this will let the DWP know about your rent increase.
This will ensure that the amount you receive in Universal Credit will continue to cover the cost of your rent.
If you need any advice please speak to your Local Area Housing Office by calling 01738 476000 and choose option 2.
2024/25 rent level consultation results
As part of our work to involve tenants in discussions on rent setting, in November 2023 each tenant was given the chance to vote on three different rent increase options. These options were based on what tenants told us their priorities were for investment during an ongoing process of engagement throughout the year.
A total of 2,944 tenants responded to the consultation - 36.7% of our tenants. This was the biggest ever response to our annual rent level survey and compares to 2,625 responses last year.
Over half (58.6%) said they preferred the option of a 6% increase. This would allow us to make new and increased investment in:
- Additional Trades Staff to support the introduction of a new evening and weekend appointment system for our Repairs Service - £90,000
- New staff to meet the requirements of compliance and service & maintenance - £332,000
- Buy Back funding of £20million over 5 years to purchase approximately 40 ex-Council properties per year to boost our housing stock
- Investing in our Internet of Things project which provides tenants with free household wi-fi sensors that monitor air quality and humidity - £56,000
- Increased Estate Based Initiative funding for tenant-led neighbourhood improvement projects - £50,000
- Additional anti-social behaviour measures - £39,000
- Continued funding for digital, financial & social inclusion projects for our tenants.
Anyone who is struggling to pay their rent can contact us on 01738 476000 (option 2) to take advantage of the financial support and advice that Housing staff and other Council colleagues can provide. You can also read about the wide range of help available on our cost of living web page..