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CIH responds to new rent settlement for social housing


Responding to the government’s announcement that increases to social housing rents will be limited to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus one per cent for five years from 2020, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "This new rent settlement is good news for social housing – it provides the stability and certainty landlords need to build more desperately-needed new homes and to invest in their existing homes and services for tenants.

"We need to make sure that rents are genuinely affordable for people on lower incomes. In our recent Building Bridges report we proposed that rents should not take more than a third of net earnings for people on below average income, and should not normally see working households needing to claim housing benefit."

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