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What is a flexible tenancy?

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An introduction to flexible tenancies.

From 1 April 2012, a local authority landlord has been able to grant 'flexible' tenancies, rather than periodic secure tenancies.[1] The authority must adopt a tenancy strategy or interim policy to allow for it.

A flexible tenancy is a form of secure tenancy that is granted for a fixed term of a minimum two years. In most cases it should be granted for a minimum term of five years.[2]

Most of the information relating to secure tenancies will apply equally to flexible tenancies. For example, the landlord and tenant conditions for creating a secure tenancy must be equally satisfied when creating a flexible tenancy. See What is a secure tenancy? for more details on the conditions.

Tenancies that cannot be secure equally cannot be flexible, see the Tenancies that cannot be a secure tenancy page for more on this.

[1] s.107A Housing Act 1985, as inserted by s.154 Localism Act 2011.

[2] s.107A(2) Housing Act 1985; Para 2(3)(d) Appendix A 'Final Directions', Implementing Social Housing Reform: Directions to the Social Housing Regulator – Consultation: Summary of Responses, DCLG, December 2011.

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