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How are rents calculated?

How we calculate your rent and service charges

General information - 2020 / 2021

From April 2020, the Government has announced that rent increases will be at CPI plus 1% for the next five years. This follows a four year period of 1% rent reductions for the majority of our tenants (three years for supported housing tenants).

The 2019 September CPI figure was 1.7%, which means the rent increase applied from Monday 6 April 2020 will be 2.7%.  

How will the changes affect me? 

General needs tenant

Rents will increase by 2.7%.

The average weekly social rent (excluding service charges) for 2020 / 2021 for tenanted properties, as of December 2019 is £90.05.

Affordable rent tenant

Rents will increase by 2.7% from April 2020.  If there is a change of tenancy, the rent will be recalculated to 80% of the market rent.

The average weekly affordable rent (excluding service charges) for 2020 / 2021 for tenanted properties, as of December 2019 is £106.81.

Intermediate rent tenant

Rents will increase by 2.7%.

Shared ownership tenant

The annual rent variation is included within each specific lease and is based on a specific monthly RPI value plus 0.5%.

If you have any questions about rent calculations please contact OneCALL on 0345 8 507 507.


Additional charges

Along with your rent, you may pay service charges.  These charges are for services which may not be provided to everyone, or for shared facilities rather than for a particular home.  Some tenants receive different types of service, according to their needs.

We will only make a service charge where necessary to do so.  Examples of service charges include:

  • the cost of meals in Extra Care Schemes;
  • using a Care Link alarm system;
  • use of communal facilities in a sheltered scheme;
  • district heating;
  • the provision of a lift.

We will make sure all service charges represent value for money, are of a high standard and are in line with current good practice.  This is achieved by calculating charges to show the economic cost of providing the service to everyone who uses it. 

Universal Credit / Housing Benefit

To register a claim for Universal Credit / Housing Benefit you will need to make a claim to your local authority.  You can find more information on the Universal Credit pages of the Gov.UK website.

Wakefield district residents can visit the Housing Benefit web pages at Wakefield Council. If you live outside the Wakefield district please contact your local authority benefits office.


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