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Michael Webster

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  • Stock transfer tenant: rent restrictions

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    In Ask the Experts | 08/07/2011 2:58 pm

    Just looking for some information.  I am a tenant of what is now a housing association registered with the T.S.A., having undergone a stock transfer.  I was ‘secure’ and am n

  • Any ideas?

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    In Ask the Experts | 14/06/2011 12:45 pm

    It would be great if someone could have a look at the thread I started in the On The Ground forum.  My topic is 'Tenancy: where do I stand?'.
    I've had no replies, so maybe someone can

  • Tenancy: where do I stand?

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    In On the ground | 19/12/2011 11:09 am

    Any ideas on this (if you like hair-splitting kinds of question)?  I am a tenant of an organization that has recently changed from being an ALMO to being a housing association.  I was a

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  • Posted in: Stock transfer tenant: rent restrictions

    Michael Webster's post | 08/07/2011 2:58 pm

    Just wanted to re-mention the above post, if anyone would like to have a look.  Thanks.

  • Posted in: Stock transfer tenant: rent restrictions

    Michael Webster's post | 02/07/2011 3:21 pm

    Just looking for some information.  I am a tenant of what is now a housing association registered with the T.S.A., having undergone a stock transfer.  I was ‘secure’ and am now ‘assured’.  My query relates to future rent rises.


    From what I can gather....  Whereas the council had its own responsibility to keep rents affordable, housing associations instead must abide by the rent restrictions in the regulations that apply to them.  And those regulations come from the T.S.A./central government.  My property will have a target rent, which would be charged to new tenants.  But because I am a transfer tenant, my rent will go up in a series of above-inflation steps annually, until it reaches the target rent.  After that it will go up by inflation only.


    (1) Does all that seem usual/correct so far?

    The next part of what I’m asking concerns the relationship between the regulations, and the rent section of the tenancy agreement.  In essence the agreement says the h.a. can put the rent up each year after giving us the appropriate notice.  The wording does not refer to government regulations on rent rises; it just says the h.a. can put the rent up.


    So (2) am I right to take it that the rent restrictions I described will apply, even though the tenancy agreement does not refer to them?  And they will apply simply because the landlord is a housing association registered with the T.S.A.?

    And (3) as long as there are rent regulations in existence, the h.a. can’t just charge whatever it wants?  That is to say, rent regulations take precedence over the seeming open-endedness of the tenancy agreement, not the other way around?  I appreciate I am asking several questions at once.  Any input would be welcome.  I suppose what I’m lacking is an overview of how things typically work.  Thank you.

  • Posted in: Tenancy: where do I stand?

    Michael Webster's post | 25/06/2011 3:03 pm

    Thank you very much for your informative replies, which have made things clearer.

  • Posted in: Tenancy: where do I stand?

    Michael Webster's post | 28/05/2011 3:56 pm

    Any ideas on this (if you like hair-splitting kinds of question)?  I am a tenant of an organization that has recently changed from being an ALMO to being a housing association.  I was a secure tenant, having gone past the end of my introductory period.

    The association is now asking us - the existing 'secure' tenants - to sign new tenancy agreements.  The agreements are 'assured (non-shorthold) (preserved rights)'.  I understand that a housing association can't offer a secure tenancy.

    My first question is: having not so far signed the new agreement, what is my current tenure?    (Did I automatically become 'assured' when the organization changed?  Or did I automatically become 'assured (preseved rights)'?  Or have I got no tenure at all until I sign?  Or am I still 'secure' until I sign?  Or what?)

    Secondly, in general, what would I gain/lose by signing?  And what would I gain/lose by not signing?  Or does it not make any difference?

    Any input would be welcome.  All I have so far is the hype from the organization, saying how great things are now, and how important it is that I sign.  Thanks. 

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