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Fixed Term tenancies 28/03/2018 Labelled as Legislation

MPs debated the Second Reading of the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 19 March 2018. The Bill passed its Second Reading and moved to the Committee stage in the Commons.

 

As previously reported the Bill was first introduced by the Government in the House of Lords the Bill contains measures to ensure that lifetime tenants of social homes who are victims of domestic abuse are granted a further lifetime tenancy where:

 

  • They either need to leave or have left their home to escape domestic abuse and are being re-housed by a local authority.

 

  • They are a joint tenant and wish to remain a tenant of their
    social home after the perpetrator has left or been removed and the local authority decides to grant them a further sole tenancy in their current home.

 

The Bill will ensure that when provisions in Schedule 7 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 are brought into force to abolish "old style secure tenancies" and requiring local authorities in England to offer only fixed-term tenancies, this will not apply to certain victims of domestic abuse.

 

Speaking during the debate at second reading Shadow Housing Minister, Melanie Onn MP, asked when the Government intended to implement the provisions in the Housing & Planning Act 2016 saying: 

 

"Rather than allowing councils to offer a secure, stable home to those who need it and building a sustainable amount of social housing, the Government decided to rip the heart out of social housing by making social tenancies more insecure. I note that the Government have not published plans to go ahead with the change agreed in the 2016 Act, and I wonder whether they have seen sense and have reconsidered the changes that they proposed in 2016. If not, perhaps they will tell us today when they plan to implement the changes."

 

However, in responding to the debate the Minister for Housing & Homelessness, Heather Wheeler MP, did not address the question of when the Government intend to bring forward regulations to implement the provisions of Schedule 7 of the Housing & Planning Act to introduce mandatory fixed term tenancies.

 

The Bill was subsequently debated in Committee Stage on 27 March. Read the full debates on the Bill.

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