The Edmonton Public School Board has changed its plans to raise the rent for outside groups leasing school space.

"We heard loud and clear from many of our tenants that the proposed lease increases previously announced would cause them difficulty in providing their programs or services in our schools," chair Sarah Hoffman said in a release Monday.

 "The Board of Trustees and the Administration want to work with these partners to find a solution that is appropriate and affordable for everyone."

The school board originally planned to raise the rates paid by its nearly 200 leaseholders by $2.00 per square metre in September.

Those rates would then increase over the next four years, according to the plan.

The school board said the measure was needed due to budget challenges and that the new rates would be more in line with what it costs to provide the space.

But leaseholders said the increase would put too much of a strain on the daycares, nurseries and other programs that use school space.

Now, the school board says it will only raise rents by $1.00 per square metre, starting in September. The school board will then meet with leaseholders to discuss possible future rent increases.