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DCLG set up working group on lifetime tenancies 26/05/2016

Schedule 7 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 amends the Housing Act 1985 to:

 

  • Prevent councils letting council tenancies as secure periodic tenancies
  • 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 lengths.

 

There are now two issues on which DCLG officials would welcome input:

 

  • 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 fixed-term tenancies

 

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: john.bibby@arch-housing.org.uk.   

 

ARCH will ensure members views and comments are fed into the Working Group.

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