Policy

Improving the rented housing sector

Supporting detail:

Social housing reform

Through the Localism Act 2011, we have reformed the social housing system.

We have:

  • given social landlords more flexibility on the types of tenancies they can offer, while protecting existing tenants’ rights
  • given local councils the power to manage their housing waiting lists
  • made it easier for social tenants to move within the social sector by introducing a national home swap scheme HomeSwap Direct
  • allowed local authorities to end the main homelessness duty in the private rented sector, without requiring the applicant’s consent

We published guidance on allocating social housing on 29 June 2012 to accompany the changes in the Localism Act.

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