Government proposals to strip new council housing tenants of their lifetime security of tenure


15 December, 2015

On 10 December 2015, the Housing and Planning Bill had its last day in Committee in the House of Commons. However, late on Tuesday the Government made amendments to the Bill which will strip new council housing tenants of their lifetime security of tenure.

The amendments, if enacted, will prevent the grant of new periodic secure tenancies (subject to limited exceptions) and replace them with fixed term tenancies of between two and five years.

Succession would also be changed by the amendment so that the spouse or civil partner only succeeds to a five year fixed term tenancy.

Council tenants with existing contracts will also be unaffected by the change, but people who inherit a tenancy on the death of their parents it will be automatically moved onto an insecure tenancy.

The current legislation means that council tenants can stay in their properties for the rest of their lives as long as they comply with the terms of their tenancy. However, the new proposals could mean that local authorities bring in fixed terms for social housing after which the tenant's circumstances will be reviewed.

The Bill will be back for Report Stage in early 2016.

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