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Rent setting

The rent we charge you covers the use and occupation of your home, as well as other services we provide - you can read more about these here. All the rents we collect are used to cover such items as the cost of managing and repairing your home and budgeting for major repairs or improvements in the future.

How we work out your rent

We set our rents following strict guidelines set by the government and the Regulator for Social Housing, known as the rent standard. In 2020 the government gave housing associations the ability to increase their rents by up to CPI (Consumer Price Index) inflation plus 1% each year. This is based on the previous September's CPI figure, which in 2023 was 6.7%.

Every year, we review our rents in line with government policy. When deciding this year's rent increase, our Board took into consideration that, for many of our customers, other costs have increased. They had to balance this with Magna's rising costs and our commitments to our customers, their homes and communities.

In 2024, our Board agreed to increase rents for most of our customers by 7.7%, or £7.70 for every £100 of rent, in line with the rent standard.

The full rent standard is available on the government website.

Each housing association’s Board makes its own decision about what rent they charge, following the guidelines, and the amount must cover our costs for providing services to customers and investing in homes.

All housing associations and councils have a formula for calculating rents. This means rents are fairer, reflecting more closely the size, condition and location of a property and local earnings, regardless of who the landlord is.

The formula is based on the following factors:

  • 30% of the rent is based on relative property values
  • 70% of the rent is based on relative local earnings
  • Rent is also based on the number of bedrooms your property has

Your rent will change each year by an amount not greater than the CPI (published in September of the year before the rent increase), plus 1%.

Your tenancy agreement gives you full details about your rent and any other charges and describes how your rent is calculated.

We also have a rent setting policy.

Service charges, sinking funds and personal charges are not included in your rent. You can find out more about these charges here.

Annual rent reviews

We review rents every year and we will send you a letter telling you about your new rent. We will give you at least 4 weeks’ notice of your new charges.

Rents on homes not covered by the rent standard

The rents on a few of our homes are worked out in a different way to that described above. These include shared ownership, market rented homes and temporary social housing.

The rents on shared ownership homes are increased in line with the lease agreement.

We set rents for market rented and intermediate rented homes in line with the local market.

Rent collection-free weeks

Some of our customers have four non rent collection weeks each year. We will let you know the dates of these weeks every year in your annual rent and service charge adjustment letter, which will give you at least 4 weeks’ notice of your new charges.

You will be told whether or not you have non rent collection weeks when you sign up for your new home, and your tenancy agreement will also tell you if you have rent free weeks.

If you pay by Direct Debit, or standing order, your rent is normally divided into 12 equal payments so the rent collection free weeks have already been taken into consideration.

Non rent collection weeks are always the last week in March, the first week in April, and the last two weeks in December. In 2024, these are as follows:

  • 25 March 2024
  • 1 April 2024
  • 23 December 2024
  • 30 December 2024

If you're not sure if you have rent free weeks or not, get in touch with us and we can help you find out.

Want to find out more?

If you need more information about this, please get in touch.