Eviction threat for non-working new tenants
New council tenants could lose their home if they are not in work or training, under plans being drawn up by a Conservative-led council.
Wandsworth Council, in London, is planning a pilot scheme which would see new tenants given a council house on the condition they find work or enrol on a training course. If tenants are not in work or training they will have breached their tenancy and could be evicted.
The new rules would only apply to selected new fixed term tenancies, existing tenants on secure tenancies won’t be affected.
Councillors on the authority’s housing and overview and scrutiny committee will tomorrow (Tuesday) be asked to agree the proposals.
Paul Ellis, the council’s cabinet member for housing, said: ‘We are effectively creating a contract with selected new tenants to support and help them find a job or gain new skills. In return we expect them to take up these opportunities.
‘People who refuse to meaningfully to look for work without good reason will forfeit their right to a council home.
‘This isn’t about punishing people who are made redundant or cannot find a job. It is about having a way to penalise those who can’t be bothered to make the effort.’
The announcement of the policy comes months after Wandsworth Council caused controversy by serving a possession notice on the mother of an 18-year-old accused of committing violent disorder in the August riots. Daniel Sartain Clarke has admitted burglary but denies committing violent disorder.
The council has served a notice for possession for Mr Sartain-Clarke’s family home, which he shares with his mother and eight-year-old sister.