Tenancy Strategy and Policy
The Localism Act 2011 requires local authorities to publish a Tenancy Strategy which must set out the matters to which registered providers are to have regard in formulating their policies relating to:
- The kinds of tenancies they grant;
- The circumstances in which they will grant a tenancy of a particular kind;
- Where they grant tenancies for a term certain, the lengths of those terms; and
- The circumstances in which they will grant a further tenancy on the coming to an end of an existing tenancy
The West Essex Tenancy Strategy has been developed and adopted by Uttlesford District Council, Epping Forest District Council and Harlow Council to cover the three local authorities in West Essex. All Registered Providers (RPs) with housing stock in West Essex are expected to have regard to the West Essex Tenancy Strategy and local authorities' individual allocations schemes when formulating and implementing their own Tenancy Policies. This includes the three local authorities themselves, all of whom have retained their housing stock.
Uttlesford District Council has now developed its Tenancy Policy which will be adopted from 1 April 2013. The aims of the policy are to:
- Act to support and sustain tenancies;
- Support the development of new homes and sustainable communities across Uttlesford;
- Make the best use of the available social housing stock, including tackling under-occupation, and making best use of adapted housing for those with a disability.
The policy details the types of tenancy the council will use when allocating the Council's housing stock, including the use of fixed term tenancies of 9 years for all 3 or more bedroom properties allocated to new tenants as from 1 April 2013.
Please use the links below to view the West Essex Tenancy Strategy and the strategy's Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) document and the Uttlesford Tenancy Policy and the policy's Equality Impact Assessment (EqlA).