When setting rents, Knowes must comply with the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, Part 2, Section 25 in particular with regard to rent increases: - ‘Where the Landlord under a Scottish Secure Tenancy proposes to increase the rents ……..payable by all…its tenants, it must, before giving notice under subsection (1) – (a) consult those of its tenants who would be affected by the proposal, and (b) have regard to the views expressed by those consulted.’
Knowes’ current rent policy and the Scottish Housing Regulator performance standards state that Knowes should set rents based on affordability to its tenants, comparability (with other social housing providers in the area) and viability (ensuring existing contractual agreements and loan covenants are met).
Knowes’ rent policy is reviewed every three years in consultation with its tenants.
Every year Knowes consults with its tenants with regards to the annual rent increase which normally takes effect from the 1st April. This year the survey was sent out with the Christmas newsletter with a return date of Wednesday 11th January 2017 and was also available to download from our website.