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Average council house rent increase pegged at 2%

22nd January 2014

The increase in the average weekly rent charged by The Highland Council to its 13,500 council house tenants is being contained to 2%. The rent will rise from 68.99 to 70.37, an increase of 1.38.

A 2% increase will also be applied to hostel rents, gypsy/traveller site pitches, garage and garage sites as well as caretaking and CCTV services.

In 2014-15, the Council will spend 15.577 million on repairs and maintenance and also plans to invest 17.5 million in improvements to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard for existing houses and 23 million to build new Council houses.