Schedule 7 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 amends the
Housing Act 1985 to:
- Prevent councils letting council tenancies as secure periodic
- Removing the power to grant new flexible tenancies, and
- Providing instead that council landlords may only grant new
tenants secure tenancies for a fixed-term.
The DCLG has set up an officer working group to assist them in
taking forward the provisions of the new Housing and Planning Act
that will restrict the use of lifetime tenancies and require
councils to grant new tenants fixed-term tenancies in future.
A number of officers from the ARCH Board are represented in the
DCLG Working Group.
The government introduced late amendments to the Housing and
Planning Bill to extend the permitted maximum fixed-term tenancy
from five to ten years (or potentially longer in the case of
families with children at school). The amendment provides for
the government to issue statutory guidance about the circumstances
in which local authorities can issue tenancies of different
There are now two issues on which DCLG officials would welcome
- In developing the regulations setting out circumstances in
which local authorities can continue to offer lifetime tenancies to
transferring tenants, and
- In developing the statutory guidance about the length of
DCLG officials have issued a document summarising the provisions
on secure tenancies and succession in the Housing and Planning Act
by way of some background information (
available in the members' area).
If you have any views or comments on the circumstances in which
council should be allowed can continue to offer lifetime tenancies
to transferring tenants, and/or development of statutory guidance
about the length of fixed-term tenancies, please email John Bibby,
ARCH CEO: email@example.com.
ARCH will ensure members views and comments are fed into the