North West-based Trafford Housing Trust, which has almost 9,000 homes for social rent, will move from fixed-term to lifetime tenancies from April.
This means that all new tenants will be offered an assured tenancy, subject to a one-year starter tenancy. Existing fixed-term tenancies will be replaced with assured tenancies over the coming year.
Housing associations across the country, including Trafford Housing Trust’s joint venture partner L&Q, have scrapped fixed-term tenancies, as 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.
Larry Gold, acting chief executive at Trafford Housing Trust, said: “As a social housing provider, we want to give as much security and certainty to our customers as possible. 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.”
Trafford Housing Trust has just over 18,000 residents living in social rented homes across Trafford. Approximately 1,500 of those are on fixed-term tenancies, which were introduced by the Localism Act, 2011.
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