The Localism Act 2011 requires all social housing providers to publish a tenancy policy. The policy aims to maximise the use of the social housing in the Borough with the need to provide tenants with a reasonable level of security and to support stable communities.
The tenancy policy introduces an important change in the tenancies which are offered by SCH and the Council after 7 April 2014. New tenancies include:
After the initial twelve months period the following tenancies may be offered:
Solihull Council properties: Working-age tenants will be offered a Fixed Term Secure Tenancy, usually of five years’, although it could be for a shorter period. This will be reviewed toward the end of the term and will normally be followed by a further fixed term tenancy.
Tenants who are of state pension age will be offered a Secure Tenancy with no time limit and no need for formal review.
Solihull Community Housing properties: Where SCH has developed new homes, people are offered fixed term assured shorthold tenancies, usually of five years’ duration, although it could be for a shorter period. This will be reviewed toward the end of the term and will normally be followed by a, further fixed term tenancy.
Tenants who are of state pension age will be offered an assured tenancy with no time limit and no need for formal review.
Tenants have a right to ask for a review of certain decisions relating to the tenancy offered or the length of any fixed-term.
Existing tenants and exemptions
Existing tenants and tenants who are exempted in the tenancy policy are not affected by these changes and will be either a secure tenant (council property) or an assured tenant (SCH property).
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