Over the last four years bpha has reduced social housing rent by 1% each year.

This followed a 2015 government policy where all social housing providers were required to cut their rents over the four year period.

From 1 April 2020, the government’s Regulator for Social Housing is letting housing associations increase rents in line with its 2020 rent standard. This standard allows for a Consumer Price Index (cost of living) increase which is currently 1.7% plus an additional 1%.

This means that bpha will be increasing rents by 2.7% on 1 April 2020.

Here are some examples to show you how rent costs could change:

Rent increases will happen right across the social housing sector as landlords raise rents in line with the government standard. Please note that these are only examples.

We will write to you in February 2020 to confirm exactly what your rent will be from 1 April 2020, along with any increase to your Service Charge if you pay it.

At bpha, we’re committed to providing high-quality homes that are affordable and meet the needs of the people who live in them. For every £1 of rent we receive, we invest £1.90 into services such as repairs, improvements to homes and neighbourhoods and the development of more homes for local people.

If you’re concerned about the rent increase and would like some advice on claiming benefits or managing your money, call us on 0330 100 0272.

You’ll also find some useful tips and advice here.

To find out more about the government’s rent standard, go to www.gov.uk/government/publications/direction-on-the-rent-standard-from-1-april-2020.

Universal Credit

To make sure you get the right amount of benefits, you need to report any changes to your circumstances to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Your claim might be reduced or stopped if you don’t report a change straight away or you give incorrect information. To inform the DWP about changes to your rent sign in to your Universal Credit online account or by telephoning the Universal Credit Service Centre.