ABK rent increase finalised – retroactive rent to be paid
At AB Kristianstadsbyggen, the rent is increasing by 4.92 per cent for apartments with warm rent (utilities included) as well as for apartments with cold rent (utilities excluded) with air/air source heat pump; the increase for apartments with cold rent without their own air/air source heat pump is 3.42 per cent.
The retroactive payments will be spread out over the next three months.
Sofie Lindberg, Negotiator at the Tenants' Association is not happy with the increase, but says they had no choice but to accept the increase following the decision at HMK. She is also critical of ABK’s actions.
– It is disappointing that we were not able to get ABK to agree to move the start date forward to avoid paying retroactive rent. Now we are concerned that it may worsen an already strained financial situation for the tenants, says Sofie Lindberg, Negotiator for the North Skåne region.
The rent increases will affect 9,325 apartments in Kristianstad municipality.
ABK has come to an agreement with the local tenant association. We have also agreed on whether retroactive rent will be paid and how it will be spread out.
– It is always our goal to make sure we are in agreement with local actors, says Jonas Rosenberg, Head of Communications at ABK.
– We actually wanted more of an increase, says Henrik Strand, CEO of ABK.
ABK would actually have to increase the rent by more than 8 per cent in order to cover cost increases that the company itself cannot control, and which are expected to be around 60 million in 2023.
– It is a special situation for both tenants and for us as a company. But we have to look after the company and we have made sure that those with cold rent have received a milder increase, that is a decision we have made, says Henrik Strand.
– If you’re having difficulties paying the rent, we want you to contact us directly so we can see if we can find individual solutions.