Tenants facing five per cent rent rise

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Council tenants are facing average rent rises of more than £3 a week as the drive to build new homes in South Holland continues.

A meeting of South Holland District Council tomorrow is set to decide whether rents should go up by almost five per cent in line with Government policy.

If approved, the average weekly rent would increase from £70.55 to £73.91 as of April 1 but deputy council leader Paul Przyszlak said they were committed to spending more than £7 million on improving and building new homes.

He added: “We don’t like rent increases but we’re building new houses for people who desperately need them and doing more than a lot of other local authorities.