Response: TSA consultation on social housing framework

By: Deborah Garvie  Published: February 2012


Under the TSA's proposed revised framework, we are concerned that tenants who take issue with their landlords' tenancy policies, or wish to challenge breaches of landlord policies or the consumer standards, will have very limited individual means of redress.

Summary

We are concerned that, over time, it may become increasingly difficult for landlords to 'engage meaningfully' with their tenants where the landlord has chosen to let on fixed term tenancies, which may result in tenants having less social capital in their homes. We therefore strongly support the specific expectation that landlords can still 'grant general needs tenants a periodic secure or assured (excluding assured shorthold) tenancy' instead of 'a tenancy of a minimum fixed term of five years or, exceptionally a tenancy of a minimum term of no less than two years'.

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