Tenants to pay for damage to council homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities
Edinburgh's council house tenants will be made to pay for damage they deliberately inflict on their properties, the City of Edinburgh Council has confirmed.
The guidelines were set out in a Rechargeable Repairs Policy which was discussed with tenant groups last year.
Consulted parties included the Edinburgh Tenants Federation, neighbourhood housing staff and equalities groups.
Eighty-eight percent of tenants said they were in favour of the policy, which also includes support for vulnerable tenants.
The council carries out about 146,000 repairs every year at a cost of £20m, the majority of which are in response to direct requests from tenants with the rest made up of planned repairs.
Councillor Cammy Day, the council's housing leader, said: "I’m delighted that the rechargeable repairs policy will be implemented in the coming months as it has been widely supported by everyone we’ve spoken to.
"All tenants are responsible for looking after their own homes and the Capital Coalition gave a commitment to enforcing tenancy agreements to ensure they fulfil their good conduct responsibilities.
"One of the key measures of success will be that tenants take better care of their homes, which in turn allows us to target the money we spend on supporting tenants who really do need our help - including many vulnerable tenants."
Betty Stevenson, chair of the Edinburgh Tenants Federation, said they were happy to support the policy. She said: "This will ensure repair costs are targeted at repairs to improve homes for tenants who are in genuine need. If implemented correctly this policy will help to increase tenants’ awareness of their responsibilities."