‘Small’ increase on garage rental

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Garage rents in Lochaber will rise by one per cent in April.

The decision to implement the ‘small’ increase was taken by Lochaber Area Committee members at their meeting on Monday February 7.

A one per cent general rent increase was agreed by members of The Highland Council’s Housing and Property Committee on January 20 following a tenant consultation on rent levels.

A council statement said: ‘This small rent increase in 2022/23 will allow the council to maintain current levels of service, while minimising the financial impact on garage and garage site tenants.

‘Any additional rent income from garages and garage sites generated by a rent increase will be applied as an increase in the area repairs budget for garages and garage sites in 2022/23.’

Garage rent for council tenants will increase by 11p from £11.57 to £11.68. Garage rent non-tenant will go up by 13p from £13.88 to £14.01. Garage site rent for council tenants will increase by 2p from £2.01 to £2.03. Garage site rent for non-tenants will also increase by 2p from £2.41 to £2.43. As a result, income will increase from £124,037 to £127,203.

The rate increase will come into force in April 2022 and garage tenants will be notified by letter.