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Social Rented Housing: Standards

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on quality of management and level of property maintenance of rent reductions by registered social landlords in the last three years. (304458)

The guideline limits for registered social landlord rent increases under rent restructuring are taken from the previous September's retail price index (RPI) + 0.5 per cent. In addition to applying the guideline limit, RSLs can increase rents by up to an additional £2 per week in order to bring the actual rent charged closer to the target rent level.

The guideline limit in each of the last three years was as follows:

Percentage

2009-10

+5.5

2008-09

+4.4

2007-08

+4.1

The Government sponsors the Tenant Services Authority (TSA) to regulate RSLs in England in order to ensure that they are properly governed and that they provide decent homes and services for tenants.