Consultation outcome

High income social tenants: pay to stay

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

This document provides a summary of responses to the consultation on ‘Pay to Stay’ proposals to charge higher rents to social tenant households on high incomes.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


This consultation sought views on how a proposed Pay to Stay scheme might be delivered.


Consultation description

Following on from a commitment made in Laying the foundations, a housing strategy for England to tackle the problem of households earning high incomes who continue to occupy subsidised housing, this consultation proposes to introduce a ‘Pay to Stay’ scheme whereby landlords could charge a fair rent to tenants on high incomes who want to stay in their social homes.

The consultation invites views on how this proposal might be delivered, including:

  • the income threshold above which high income tenants might be asked to pay a higher rent
  • what the higher level of rent should be
  • disclosure of income by tenants
  • whether the policy should be voluntary or compulsory for social landlords

The consultation is aimed primarily at local authorities, registered providers of social housing, tenants and representative organisations, but any consultation responses received from other interested bodies and individuals.