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Research: Impact of fixed-term tenancies 13/05/2016

Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Dr Beth Wells from Heriot-Watt University have issued a report on the impact of fixed-term tenancies.


Findings from their first wave of research on social housing includes views from landlords and tenants, as well as other stakeholders.


The research found that fixed-term tenancies can cause considerable anxiety for some tenants, particularly those with a disability or health problems and for families with children. It suggests that some social landlords who were initially most enthusiastic about fixed-term tenancies have become disillusioned about them because it seems unlikely they will generate any significant number of additional lettings. There are also concerns about administrative cost and complexity and the potential to destabilise communities.


The government has set out plans in the Housing and Planning Bill to phase out secure lifetime tenancies and require councils to introduce fixed-term tenancies for future lettings. The research may provide valuable insight for councils and their tenants in drafting plans for implementing the new legislation.


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