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The Housing and Planning Bill contains provisions to deliver on the commitment in the July 2015 Budget to review the use of lifetime tenancies with a view to limiting their use. This equalities impact assessment assesses the impact of this policy.
The legislative changes to lifetime tenancies in the Housing and Planning Bill will:
require local authorities to grant future tenants fixed term tenancies and carry out a review of the tenant’s circumstances at the end of the fixed term
protect the security of existing lifetime tenants who remain in their homes
guarantee that existing lifetime tenants who are moved by the local authority (at the authority’s behest) into a new council home are granted a further lifetime tenancy
require local authorities to grant existing lifetime tenants who choose to move a fixed term tenancy, except in limited circumstances, such as where they are moving for work or downsizing to a smaller social home