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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-03245
Asked by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 22 September 2021 Registered interest

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how many Registered Social Landlords have applied to it to raise their rents by over (a) 5% and (b) 10% in each of the last five years, and how many applications were approved.

Current status: Answered by Shona Robison on 8 October 2021


Answer

While it is up to individual social landlords to strike the best balance between rent levels and meeting the housing needs of local communities, rents for social rented homes should not be set without regard to the importance of affordability for tenants. The Scottish Government therefore considers the proposed rents for Registered Social Landlord social rented homes at the point of first let as part of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme grant assessment process

Applications from Registered Social Landlords for grant funding to deliver projects through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme at tender stage contain information on any projected rent levels at the date of completion which are more than 5% above the relevant social rent benchmark published by the Scottish Government.

Information on the number of tender applications which were approved which contained Registered Social Landlord projected rent levels at the point of completion which exceeded the relevant social rent benchmark by more than 5% began to be collected in 2018-19 as follows:

 

Projected rent levels more than 5% and up to 10% above benchmark

Projected rent levels more than 5% and also more than 10% above benchmark

Projected rent levels more than 10% above benchmark

 

Number of Registered Social Landlords

Number of tender applications approved

Number of Registered Social Landlords

Number of tender applications approved

Number of Registered Social Landlords

 

Number of tender applications approved

2018-19

12

14

5

7

4

4

2019-20

7

7

8

9

4

5

2020-21

7

10

4

7

7

11

At tender stage, the estimated completion dates of the above projects were as follows:

 

Estimated project completion dates for applications containing projected rent levels which were more than 5% and up to 10% above benchmark

Estimated project completion dates for applications containing projected rent levels which were more than 5% and also more than 10% above benchmark

Estimated project completion dates for applications containing projected rent levels which were more than 10% above benchmark

 

2018-19

2018-19: 1 project

2019-20: 6 projects

2020-21: 7 projects

 

2018-19: 1 project

2019-20: 4 projects

2020-21: 2 projects

2019-20: 4 projects

 

2019-20

2019-20: 1 project

2020-21: 4 projects

2021-22: 1 project

2022-23: 1 project

 

2020-21: 5 projects

2021-22: 3 projects

2023-24: 1 project

 

2019-20: 1 project

2020-21: 1 project

2021-22: 2 projects

2023-24: 1 project

2020-21

2021-22: 3 projects

2022-23: 7 projects

 

2020-21: 1 project

2021-22: 3 projects

2022-23: 3 projects

 

 

2020-21: 1 project

2021-22: 1 project

2022-23: 7 projects

2023-24: 2 projects

 

Information is not available on any applications that may not have been approved.