The Jersey Homes Trust will not be increasing rents during the rest of 2020.
This follows a decision taken earlier in the Spring, when the social housing provider decided to halt annual rental increases during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. At a board meeting this week it was unanimously agreed by JHT Trustees that the rent freeze will continue for the rest of this year.
Commenting on the decision, Trust Chairman Michael Van Neste said: ‘Many people have suffered, and continue to suffer, financial hardship due to this pandemic. We would not wish to add to the burden of our tenants by increasing rents at this time.’
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.