Annual Rent Consultation 2021/22

HAVE YOUR SAY – YOUR VIEWS ARE IMPORTANT TO US

CLOSING DATE MONDAY 11TH JANUARY 2020

Each year we look at how much rent is needed to continue to provide great services and improve our properties. We want to keep your rent affordable so it is important that we hear your views so we get the balance between rent levels and services right.

2020 will always be remembered for Covid-19 and the change it brought to all our lives. We know this has been a difficult year for many of our tenants. Some people have lost their job and many are struggling financially. So we want to make the rent increase in April as low as possible.

Our starting point was to look at the September rate of inflation as this is used when changes are made to benefits and pensions. In September 2020 the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 0.5%. We have worked out that this is the lowest amount of rent increase needed so we can continue with the same services as last year and carry out the improvements we have planned to our properties over the next 5 years.

We have already committed to this planned investment – and if we didn’t increase our rents by at least 0.5% – this would mean we couldn’t provide much needed improvements. In real terms this works out as 200 replacement bathrooms.

The Board will make a decision on the rent increase in January 2021 after they have considered all the feedback from you on this issue.

 Full details of our proposed Rent Increase are within this Consultation Leaflet.

We have also produced within a comprehensive guide to what help is out there, including how to access food banks, help with your fuel bills, and benefit advice if you are financially impacted by this pandemic. This leaflet also tells you about local services on offer and some new government benefits that are coming our way.  We hope you find this helpful.

There are many ways you can take part in the rent consultation for 2021/22.


Talk/Video Call Us                  

Please contact our main reception and we can get this set up for you on WhatsApp/Zoom/FaceTime or Teams

Phone us                                           

Call us on 0141 881 0638

Write to us

Complete the consultation tear-off sheet that has been issued to you and post it back in the pre-paid envelope or post it through the letterbox at our offices

Online

Complete our online survey, scan the QR code provided to you on our Consultation Leaflet on your mobile device or go directly to our website.

(https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Rent_Consultation2020)

Email Us

Email us on enquiries@barrheadha.org with the heading ‘Rent Consultation’

Need help or translation to complete this questionnaire? Ask any member of staff, call us on 0141 881 0638 or email us at enquiries@barrheadha.org

Drop-in Events

We are holding 3 virtual sessions via zoom to make it easier for you to get in touch with us at a time that is convenient to you.

Friday 18th December             10.30am to 12.00pm

Monday 21st December          6.00pm to 8.00pm

Thursday 7th January 2021     12.00pm to 2.00pm

Please get in touch to receive the Zoom invite details to get involved and share your views.

 

Data Protection Act 2018 - The information you have supplied to us will be used by Barrhead Housing Association to process your enquiry or comments. We may also use your information to verify your identity where required, contact you by post, email or telephone and to maintain our records. Barrhead Housing Association will use this information because we need to do so to perform a task carried out. You can find out more about how we handle this information and your rights in respect of it by going to www.barrheadha.org.uk/usefuldocuments where our Data Protection Statement and Privacy Policy are available. If you do not have access to a computer and wish a paper copy please let us know by contacting us at or by telephone at 0141 881 0638.