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Review of lifetime tenancies 30/10/2015

The Chancellor announced in the Summer Budget that the government will conduct a review of lifetime tenancies. We learned that proposals may be included in the Housing and Planning Bill.


The Summer Budget set out a commitment that "The government will review the use of lifetime tenancies in social housing to limit their use and ensure households are offered tenancies that match their needs and ensure the best use is made of social housing" (Summer Budget para 1.155) 


ARCH has learned that although nothing is currently included in the Housing & Planning Bill as published, DCLG officials have confirmed that, subject to formal approval to the proposals (i.e. Cabinet Committee clearance), the intention is to introduce the proposals into the Bill by amendment at the first opportunity. 


We're still unclear what this means but it's expected that the Bill will require the compulsory introduction of fixed term tenancies (so called flexible tenancies) for all new tenants of social housing. We have no further details at the moment but will update members if and when any such proposals are brought forward.

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