Part 1. Flexible Tenancy Consultation
Since September 2014 Waverley have granted introductory and flexible tenancies to all new general needs tenants. Introductory tenancies are for 12 months and flexible tenancies last for five years. Tenancies granted before September 2014 are secure (lifetime) and those issued to senior living tenants have remained secure tenancies throughout.
We have found that flexible tenancies are not successful in maximising the use of council homes, can prevent tenants feeling secure and invested in their home and community and are intensive and complex to manage. To stop using flexible tenancies – we need to update our tenancy policy and tenancy strategy accordingly.
We are proposing to phase out the use of flexible tenancies and revert to awarding secure tenancies. Existing introductory tenants would convert to a secure tenancy providing the introductory period had been successfully completed. Existing flexible tenants could convert to a secure tenancy, providing there is no breach of tenancy.
Part 2. Conditions of Tenancy Consultation
As part of this review, we want to ensure your conditions of tenancy are up to date. The proposed changes reflect changes in law, regulation and general accepted good practice. This ensures that our responsibilities as a landlord and your responsibilities as a tenant are clear and fair. Our conditions of tenancy were last updated in 2018 so all changes are relatively small.
Following the eight week consultation period, we will consider all the feedback we receive and may modify the proposed changes as a result of that feedback. Current tenants will be sent a notice of variation, in August, outlining actual changes to the conditions of tenancy, which you and we will be bound by and the date which this will come into effect.