We want to hear your views on council house rent

The council is inviting all tenants and waiting list applicants to give us their views on council house rents. 

Options for next year’s rent levels

The Midlothian Council rent consultation presents options for setting next year’s rent levels to cover the period from 01 April 2023 to 31 March 2026.

Rent freeze ending

In 2021, the council agreed to defer both the 2021/22 and 2022/23 rent increases of 3% following the impact of the pandemic. This rent freeze situation is scheduled to come to an end in March 2023.

Consider options

The consultation asks participants to choose which rent increase proposal they prefer from a range of options. 

Consultation findings considered by councillors

The consultation closes on 16 December 2022. At this point all the responses will be assessed and a report of the findings prepared so it can be considered by councillors at the council meeting in February 2023.  The rent levels will be agreed at this meeting.

Participate online

The consultation features an online questionnaire:

Paper forms

​Anyone wanting a paper copy of the form can request one by emailing: housing.enquiries@midlothian.gov.uk

Public meetings

  • A series of face to face community meetings are being held as follows:
    • Loanhead Library, Thursday 24 November, 11am-1pm
    • Gorebridge Library, Tuesday 29 November 10am-12noon
    • Lasswade Library, Thursday 8 December, 5pm-7pm
    • Dalkeith Art Centre, Thursday 15 December, 12noon - 2pm

Consultation promotion

The consultation is being promoted through the council’s website and social media platforms in addition to local press.

We want to hear your views

Councillor Stuart McKenzie Midlothian Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing said:
“I urge as many of our tenants and waiting list applicants as possible to take part in this consultation so that your opinions are reflected in the final report. It’s important our tenants are engaged with the rent setting process. Your rent helps maintain the current homes we have, improve them, like installing cladding to reduce energy bills, and build more homes for future generations.  The council is not immune from inflation, proposing rent increases allow us to keep doing these important things."

23 Nov 2022