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Council tenants across Barking and Dagenham could see rents increase by April

PUBLISHED: 10:34 16 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:36 17 February 2015

Barking town hall (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Barking town hall (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Archant

Council tenants across the borough could see an increase of up to 4 per cent in their rent next year.

Cabinet tonight will discuss the possibility of increasing the average council rent by £3.67 a week, while affordable rents could also be increased by 2.2 per cent.

The proposed increase comes as part of the housing investment programme, which focuses on bringing homes up to a decent standard by 2018/19.

In a report published ahead of the meeting, and which was written by Danny Caine, Housing Group Manager and Carl Tomlinson, Group Finance Manager, it explains: “The offer includes an expectation from residents to look after their homes and pay their rent on time and a commitment to support those that have challenges in doing this and tackle those who choose not to.

“The extra income to be generated from the increase will allow us to improve the quality of our services, our interaction with residents and, most importantly, the quality of their homes and environment.”

Are you affected by the proposed change? Get in touch with Seema on 020 8477 3879 or e-mail seema.hakim@archant.co.uk.


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