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On 31 October 2013, the government published a consultation paper setting out proposals for rents for social housing from April 2015.
Alongside the consultation paper, we published a draft direction on rent to the social housing regulator, and draft guidance on rents for stock-owning local authorities, and sought views on these.
We are now publishing the summary of responses to the consultation, along with a finalised direction and guidance. Section 4 of the summary of responses sets out and explains our decisions on policy on rents for social housing from April 2015.
moving from annual increases in weekly rents of Retail Price Index (RPI) + 0.5 percentage points (+ up to £2 for social rents), to increases of Consumer Price Index (CPI) + 1 percentage point
as a result, removing (from 1 April 2015) the flexibility available to landlords to increase weekly social rents each year by an additional £2, above the increase in formula rent, where the rent is below the rent flexibility level and rent cap
making clear that rent policy does not apply where a social tenant household has an income of at least £60,000 a year
Section 197 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 gives the Secretary of State certain powers to direct the social housing regulator to set standards, and about the content of those standards. Once formally issued, a direction is binding on the regulator when it consults on and set standards for private registered providers. We propose to use these powers to issue a new direction to the regulator on rent. We also propose to issue new guidance to stock-owning local authorities, a draft of which is included in the consultation.
This consultation invites views on the proposed changes to the policy, draft direction and draft guidance. It runs for 8 weeks and closes on 24 December 2013.