Fixed term tenancies: How hard can it be for a social landlord? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 14th, 2014 in fixed-term contracts, landlord & tenant, leases, news by sally

‘In November 2010 the Housing Minister Grant Shapps identified what he perceived to be a problem with social housing:

“For far too long in this country there has been a lazy consensus about the use of social housing, which has left one of our most valuable resources trapped in a system that helps far fewer people than it should. This out-of-date approach has seen waiting lists rocket and is unfair to people who genuinely need social homes. They trap existing tenants in poverty, often in homes that aren’t suitable for them.”

After consultation the Government came up with some proposed solutions which involved a radical re-think of the way social housing was to be allocated and administered. The ideas included: flexible tenancies, fairer allocations, greater mobility, fairer provision for homeless, affordable rents and tenants’ powers of scrutiny.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 12th February 2014