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Tenancy Review Consultation

This consultation is now closed

We appreciate your patience while feedback is reviewed. All tenants will hear from us with the outcome of the consultation. 

The consultation opened at 12pm on Monday 4 April and closed at midnight on Sunday 29 May 2022.

This consultation is made up of two parts:

  1. Flexible Tenancy Consultation
  2. Conditions of Tenancy Consultation

We consulted on the council’s proposal to grant more security to council tenants, by stopping issuing flexible tenancies and updating the conditions of tenancy to reflect business and community needs.

For more information on our proposals to stop the issue of flexible tenancies and revert to using secure tenancies please read our Flexible Tenancy Review Report

If we stop using flexible tenancies our Tenancy Strategy and Tenancy Policy will be updated to reflect this. You can read our proposed Tenancy Strategy and our proposed Tenancy Policy

For tenants only - for more information on our proposed changes to your conditions of tenancy you can view the Preliminary Notice of Variation (PNV) that was sent to you by post and a copy of your existing conditions which is the same as your Tenancy Agreement

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.

Part 1. Flexible Tenancy Consultation

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

Summary of Proposed Changes

We are proposing to remove: 

  • The Flexible tenancy definition as we are proposing to stop using this type of tenancy. 
  • References to housing related support charge as this no longer exists. 
  • Flexible tenancy succession details as this will no longer be relevant. 

We are proposing to include: 

  • A Social housing fraud definition 
  • Further complaints information 
  • Further compensation information 
  • Holiday let information 
  • Additional circumstances in which recharges can occur 
  • Septic tank maintenance information 
  • Access for electrical checks information 
  • The power to use Anti-social behaviour (ASB) closure orders 
  • Handling of weapons information 
  • Permission for Ring doorbells (with cameras)

We are also proposing to update the language to ensure clarity in these clauses: 

  • Sublet
  • Repairs and maintenance 
  • Recharge at end of tenancy 

A full list of proposed changes can be found in the Preliminary Notice of Variation that was sent to all tenants on 31 March 2022.

  • Tenants
  • Affordable Housing Providers
  • Members of the public living or working in the Borough
  • Waverley Councillor/ Town or Parish Councillor/ Neighbourhood Plan group members
  • Statutory Organisation Representatives
  • Affordable Housing Provider Representatives
  • Charity Representatives

 

 

How do I know what sort of tenancy I have?

All tenancies granted before September 2014 are secure. Tenancies granted since September 2014 for general needs tenants are introductory to flexible and those issued to tenants in senior living schemes are introductory to secure. 

 

My details on the letter is wrong, what do I do?

Let us know the correct details and we will update our records. We may need supporting evidence to make the changes.

 

I need the information in a different format

Let us know what format you require and we will aim to assist.

 

More information

Please contact the Housing Service Improvement Team:

  • If you require any of this information in another format or
  • For more information on the consultation

Service.improvement@waverley.gov.uk or 01483 523196