Council house rents in Richmondshire look set to fall by 1% this year – and for the next two years.

Members of Full Council will be asked to approve a proposal made by Corporate Board last night (Jan 17) when they meet in February.

The 1% decrease – which is in line with Government regulations – will mean drops of around 79p per week for the council’s 1533 housing tenants.

Leader of the Council. Councillor Yvonne Peacock, explained: “This is the second year we have reduced council housing rents, a trend which is set to continue for a further two years. It is excellent news for our tenants – the average rent will fall by 79p per week this year, around £41 a year.”

Members of Corporate Board also recommended that heating charges in sheltered housing schemes should be maintained at current levels; but service charges should increase by 1% and garage rents go up by 3% in order to cover increased staffing and building supply costs.

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