Response - Implementing social housing reform: directions to the Social Housing Regulator

By: Kantar Public  Published: September 2011


Summary

People place a high value on security of tenure, illustrated by the aspiration of many households to own their own home.  The introduction of fixed-term tenancies in social housing could push more households into unsustainable home-ownership to obtain a permanent home.  There are a number of financial and social costs associated with fixed-term tenancies.  These are a high price to pay to increase the number of social housing re-lets and yet the impact assessment shows that there would be little impact on re-lets for at least ten years.  We would like to see the retention of the existing direction on tenure: to offer the most secure form of tenure.  While we welcome stronger tenant involvement in social housing, we are concerned that co-regulation, the introduction of an Ombudsman filter and the move to ‘backstop’, reactive consumer regulation, will make it more difficult for social tenants to enforce their rights to a secure, decent and well-managed home.  We want local councils to have greater scope to make strategic decisions about social housing tenure and for tenants to have greater legal protection via a Statutory Code of Guidance.

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