Tees Valley Tenancy Strategy
The Localism Act 2011 gives Registered Providers of social housing the ability to offer fixed term tenancies for new social housing tenants rather than the lifetime tenancies that are currently offered.
The Act also places a duty on every local housing authority to publish a Tenancy Strategy in order to guide Registered Providers in the area around when and how they should use the new fixed term tenancies. All Registered Providers should then have regard to this tenancy strategy in framing their own tenancy policies relating to
- The kinds of tenancies they will grant;
- The circumstances in which they will grant a tenancy of a particular kind;
- Where they grant tenancies for a fixed term, the length of the term;
- The circumstances in which they grant a further tenancy when the existing one comes to an end.
In order to be effective, a Tenancy Strategy has to be consistent with the objectives detailed within local Housing Strategies (documents that set out our priorities for managing the local housing market) and must also account for local Homelessness Strategies and the Allocations Policies. In the Tees Valley, the Allocations Policy is managed through the Compass Choice Based Lettings (CBL) scheme.
The five authorities within the Tees Valley (Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland, Darlington and Hartlepool) have jointly prepared a Tees Valley Tenancy Strategy which can be accessed below.
TV Tenancy Strategy (2012-2017) Appendix B