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Rent Consultation

Have your say on rent

Rent Consultation 2023/24 to 2027/28

West Lothian Council provides services to 14,000 tenants. And continues to do this while facing increased pressure on its finances.

We are now consulting on a five-year rent strategy to provide certainty for long-term planning for investment in our housing stock. We want to continue to invest in homes and communities and provide you with affordable and excellent housing, repairs and advice services. This special tenants news tells you about the options for rent and how you can participate.


Taking part in this consultation will help shape our rent strategy for the next five years.

Special Tenants News [346KB] . You can enlarge the below online booklet by clicking the full screen button in the right hand corner.

 

Rent Levels

The average council house rent in West Lothian this year is £80.70 per week. This compares to the Scottish average of £80.71 per week.

Rent Increase Options - Which options are best for you?

Option 1 - Annual increase of 3.5% per year over five years*

This option would allow us to invest the required amount in our existing housing stock and support the build of 350 new council houses.
The table shows how this would impact on average weekly rent in West Lothian.

Average Weekly RentWeekly IncreaseMonthly IncreaseAnnual Increase
£80.70£2.82£11.30£135.58

*based on 52 week average rent


Option 2 - Annual increase of 4% per year over five years*

This option would allow us to invest the required amount in our existing housing stock and support the build of 500 new council houses.
The table shows how this would impact on average weekly rent in West Lothian.

Average Weekly RentWeekly IncreaseMonthly IncreaseAnnual Increase
£80.70£3.23£12.91£154.94

*based on 52 week average rent


 

How to take part?

We want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to have their say. Therefore, we are providing different ways to take part. To have your voice heard, you must complete/return the survey by Monday 12th December 2022.

Take part online by clicking on this link

 

Drop in Sessions

We have arranged various drop-in sessions across West Lothian. Why not pop down and speak to one of our friendly staff members, who will help you complete the consultation.

Survey by post

If you want to complete the survey by post, you can email TP@westlothian.gov.uk or call 01506 282967 and request a paper copy.