TENANTS of Stirling Council are being urged to complete a survey on next year’s rent levels.

The move is to help inform councillors’ decisions when they look at next year’s budget.

The local authority is warning it is facing challenging financial times and average rent increases of £2.35 per week or £2.94 a week are being considered.

People have until 5pm on December 20 to give their views.

Craig Russell, the council’s service manager for housing management development, said: “We are constantly striving to improve the quality of our stock and the services we can provide to both current and prospective tenants.

“We already have plans in place to invest £17.5 million in our stock and new builds next year.

“Our rent charges are among the lowest in Scotland and in order to continue repair and maintenance levels across our 5,500-plus homes, and meet increased running costs, rents will have to increase each year.

“We want to hear your thoughts on how much you want your rent to increase by, so we understand what your priorities are and can help Councillors make an informed decision at next year’s budget-setting meeting.”

Click here for the survey.