Council to issue two year tenancies for under 25s
A London council is pushing ahead with plans to restrict under 25s to two-year tenancies despite government guidance suggesting the minimum term should be five years.
Barnet Council has confirmed it will be implementing proposals put out for consultation in January that will see all young people who are allocated housing, with the exception of care leavers, given two-year fixed-term agreements.
Other new tenants will be given five-year agreements, with a review after that period. The government’s guidance on fixed-term tenancies, which were introduced through the Localism Act, states five years should be the minimum term unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’.
Barnet will still issue lifetime tenancies for ex-armed forces personnel who have seen active service, people over retirement age, and households where a person, their spouse or child is disabled or terminally ill.
Tom Davey, cabinet member for housing at the council, said: ‘At a time of significant housing pressure it’s right that council homes are there for those in the greatest need.
‘Rather than a home for life irrespective of circumstances, the new policy will take account of a tenant’s changing housing needs and recognise if a person has the means to rent or buy a home of their own.
‘It will also support young people to become independent by offering a short term tenancy in return for them studying or training, and will help tackle under-occupation by freeing up homes which are larger than a person needs.’