Tue, 8 Dec 2009 14:13 GMT
It is not complicated at all. The subletting should have nothing to do with people being in waiting housing lists. A subletter chooses her own sublettee as she would choose her own lodger. Each subletter can find their own sublettees, with adverts, etc... This DOES NOT EXCLUDE LA proposing to subletters their own list of potential sublettees. But it is a contract between the subletter and sublettee and not involving legally the social landlord. What I am proposing is not a solution to homelessness. This initiative is aimed at making social homes subletting legal. Yes, one of the benefits would be creating temporary accomodation for a lot of people (not necessarily on housing waiting lists) needing them, the other main benefit would be mobility.
And instead of swapping homes tenants could sublet their homes to each other, so that they could go back to their homes at the end of their contractts or go into a definite swapping homes contract, etc.
It's about giving social tenants more choices with their homes. If needing to move somewhere else in the rest of the country for job, sudy or other SERIOUS intent, might mean losing her home the social tenant is likely not to do so and she would lose a massing amount of opportunitities.
A law (emendament to the housing act, etc) should be changed/introuced to allow subletting whitin some acceptbale boundaries. All Social landlords have to do is to create procdures to make it as simpler and foul proof as possible. Having subletting as a breach of tenancy as it is now and trying to catch subletters, and all the rest is surely more expensive and community destroying than any of this would require.
As I said anyone would benefit from this.