TRAFFORD Housing Trust (THT) has said it is scrapping fixed term tenancies from this month.
The North West based housing provider, which has almost 9,000 homes for social rent, said the move means that all new tenants will be offered an assured tenancy. This will be subject to a one-year starter tenancy.
Meanwhile, existing fixed-term tenancies will be replaced by assured tenancies over the coming year.
Housing associations across the country, including THT’s joint venture partner L&Q, have scrapped fixed-term tenancies, saying they prevent residents from putting down roots and becoming part of their local community.
The Government had planned to phase out lifetime tenancies in social housing and replacing them with rolling fixed-term tenancies. However, the Social Housing Green Paper, released last August, proposed to move away from this plan.
“As a social housing provider, we want to give as much security and certainty to our customers as possible,” said Larry Gold, THT’s acting chief executive. “We’ve chosen to end fixed-term tenancies so that customers can feel that they have a home in which they have greater security over their future. I’m pleased we’re amongst those in the social housing sector who are leading the way on this.”