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Tenure Reform. The Case for Housing Reform. Waiting Lists 1.8m Households on waiting lists Approx. 50,000 households in temporary accommodation Overcrowding 250,000 social homes are overcrowded 400,000 social homes are underoccupied Mobility

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Tenure reform

Tenure Reform


The case for housing reform

The Case for Housing Reform

  • Waiting Lists

  • 1.8m Households on waiting lists

  • Approx. 50,000 households in temporary accommodation

  • Overcrowding

  • 250,000 social homes are overcrowded

  • 400,000 social homes are underoccupied

  • Mobility

  • Fewer than 5% of social sector households move within the social sector each year compared to almost 25% of private renters

  • Employment

  • Fewer than half of social tenants of working age are in employment


Housing reform the guiding principles

Housing Reform – the Guiding Principles

  • “LOCALISM, LOCALISM, LOCALISM”

  • FLEXIBILITY

  • FOCUSING SUPPORT WHERE IT’S NEEDED MOST


From principles to policy the headlines

From Principles to PolicyThe Headlines

  • FIXED-TERM TENANCIES

  • TENANCY STRATEGIES

  • TENANCY STANDARD

  • SUCCESSION


The changes fixed term tenancies

The ChangesFixed-term tenancies

  • TERMINOLOGY

  • LA FIXED-TERM = FLEXIBLE

  • PRP FIXED-TERM = ASSURED SHORTHOLD TENANCY

  • REISSUE, NOT RENEWAL

  • MINIMUM LENGTH

  • WHAT DOES ‘2 YEAR MINIMUM TERM’ ACTUALLY MEAN?

  • OPTIONAL EXTRA - CAN USE FIXED TERMS FOR ALL, SOME OR NO NEW TENANCIES


The changes tenancy strategies

The Changes Tenancy Strategies

  • What?

  • High-level document

  • Set out broad housing objectives, not the detail

  • No specified format

  • Who?

  • Every Local Housing Authority

  • LAs must consult PRPs

  • Why?

  • Transparency

  • Encourage a coherent approach within an area

  • When?

  • Up to 12 months from commencement

  • Relationship between LAs and PRPs

  • What does “Have regard to” actually mean?


The changes tenancy standard

The Changes Tenancy Standard

  • SoS can already direct the regulator on:

  • Rent;

  • Quality of Accommodation; and

  • Tenant Involvement

  • Localism Bill will give new powers to direct on:

  • Mutual exchange; and

  • Tenure – will start consultation in late Spring/early Summer

  • Direction to take effect in April 2012 (subject to parliamentary approval)

  • Result will be reduced regulation and increased flexibility


The changes succession

The Changes Succession

  • Equalisation of rights Secure/Assured (all future tenants)

  • Removal of ‘one succession only’ constraint

  • Express term in the tenancy agreement

  • Flexibility for landlord – additional review point

  • Certainty for those living with tenant before they move in

  • Individual agreements to cater for individual requirements


Consultation responses

Consultation responses

  • Consultation:

  • http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/socialhousingreform

  • Summary of Responses to Consultation:

  • http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/localdecisionsresponse


Myths

Myths

  • End of lifetime tenancies

  • Every fixed-term tenancy will have to be 2 years

  • Tenants finding work must be evicted

  • LAs can prevent housing associations from using fixed-term tenancies

  • Changes will affect existing tenants


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