Lifetime tenancies: equalities impact assessment
Assesses the impact of provisions in the Housing and Planning Bill to review the use of lifetime tenancies.
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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