London council to trial two-year tenancies
Wandsworth Council is to trial two-year tenancies as part of its programme to allocate housing on the condition tenants find work.
The council’s housing into work pilot scheme, first announced last year, will be launched in the autumn, the London local authority has confirmed.
The pilot will see around 20 homes let under fixed-term tenancies lasting two years, less than the five years recommended by the government.
Residents aged 18 to 24 years who are unemployed will be prioritised for the scheme.
As part of their tenancy agreement, residents on the scheme will have to take steps to find work or risk losing their home. They will be expected to attend meetings with council officers and attend training and voluntary work placements.
Paul Ellis, cabinet member for housing at Wandsworth Council, said: ‘We want to make social housing a route through which people are given help to gain new skills and employment.
‘This pilot is a wonderful opportunity for some of our unemployed young people, who are looking for somewhere to live while they seek out employment opportunities, to get help moving onwards and upwards in life.
‘I sincerely believe this pilot will act as a launch pad from which they will have more housing choices to buy or rent, freeing up social housing for people who really need it.’
Barnet Council confirmed last month it will be pushing ahead with plans to restrict under 25s to two-year tenancies.