Jersey Homes Trust tenants will not face any increase in their rents until next spring at the earliest.
The Trust, the Island’s second largest provider of social rented housing, decided earlier this year not to raise rents from April,due to the Covid-19 pandemic, for the remainder of the year.At a recent meeting of Trustees it was unanimously agreedto extend that freeze until the end of March 2021.
Commenting on the decision, Trust Chairman Michael Van Neste said: ‘Our mission is to provide social rented housing for those residents of the Island who need it, and many of our tenants have sufferedand will continue to sufferfinancial hardship due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. At this time of year they already have the added cost of heating their homes and to impose a rental increase now would further add to their concerns.’
He continued: ‘I would, however, like to repeat my earlier request to any of our tenants who may be struggling financially to seek advice, at the earliest opportunity, from our Managers regarding any problems they may have in paying their rent. We are here to offer advice and assistance.’
The Jersey Homes Trust was set up in 1995 to provide social rented homes for Island residents. It now owns and manages 839 homes spread over 24 estates.