Decision details

Tenancy Strategy (Key Decision)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To consider and approve the Tenancy Strategy for South Kesteven District.

Decision:

Decision

 

Cabinet approves the draft South Kesteven Tenancy Strategy for formal consultation subject to an amendment of the wording in respect of DeliverSK (page 36 of the agenda pack) and a further report which will be presented to Cabinet to consider and adopt the strategy following consultation

 

Reasons for decision

 

1.         The report of the Cabinet Member for Housing on the draft Tenancy Strategy (Appendix 1 to the report)

2.         The equality analysis undertaken on the draft Tenancy Strategy attached as Appendix 2 to the report

3.         Section 150 of the Localism Act 2011, which required all local housing authorities to produce a Tenancy Strategy

4.         The Council’s existing Tenancy Strategy, which was adopted in 2013 and required review

5.         The Tenancy Strategy aims to make best use of the Council’s housing stock

6.         Longer-term tenancies were especially important to households with dependent children and vulnerable people and helped facilitate more balanced and mixed communities

7.         The requirement placed on local authorities to offer advice and assistance to tenants at the end of a fixed-term tenancy

8.         Longer-term, secured tenancies would help tenants who were in a position to buy as they could buy their property under the Right to Buy

9.         Fixed term tenancies had the potential to undermine community cohesion while making it difficult to achieve tenant involvement and empowerment

10.      Longer-term secure tenancies were more likely to create settled and stable homes

11.      A potential benefit of shorter-term tenancies in the social rented market was ensuring tenancies were reserved for households that did not have sufficient income to rent or buy in the private market

12.      Shorter-term tenancies could provide greater opportunities to deal with tenants who caused anti-social behaviour or were in rent arrears

13.      Affordability information showed that many households needed social housing because the private rented sector was too expensive

14.      Consultation would be undertaken with registered social landlords operating within the district as they would be expected to use the strategy as a guide for their own operation

 

Other options considered and rejected

 

No other options were considered.

 

Report author: Harry Rai

Publication date: 10/07/2019

Date of decision: 09/07/2019

Decided at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

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