Meeting social housing needs in the borough of Guildford
Guildford Borough Council has reviewed and updated its tenancy strategy including what tenancies can be offered. The council has been able to grant ‘flexible tenancies’ a newer type of ‘fixed-term’ secure tenancy. Most of the councils current ‘secure tenants’ will not be affected.
You can see a brief summary of the strategy here: www.guildford.gov.uk/
The revised strategy helps the council meet the needs of people applying for housing, as well as making the best use of social housing, and gives local housing associations clear guidance for their own tenancies. All social landlords are required to let their homes in a fair and transparent way by the Regulator of Social Housing (www.gov.uk/government/
Cllr Caroline Reeves, Lead Councillor for Housing and Development Control said:
“The updated strategy will show social housing applicants what they can expect from their tenancy agreement and also allow tenants to have a range of tenancy options in a more balanced housing market.
“Making sure that we make the best use of our accommodation is also important to ensure we are getting the best use of our properties. This will allow us to create more space to accommodate those who are homeless.”
Cllr Reeves adds: “Many social landlords have properties in different parts of the country. We will be consulting with social housing landlords to make sure their tenancies in our borough are in line with this strategy. This will make all tenancies consistent and clear, and help avoid confusion when applying for social accommodation.
“The revised strategy supports our strategic objectives to provide support to homeless people and re-use existing social housing.”
The strategy also guides social housing landlords on their own tenancy policies, including the different types of tenure to be offered, the lengths of fixed-term tenancies and how they may be reviewed when they expire.
The full strategy can be viewed here: (www2.guildford.gov.uk/
The Housing Charity, Shelter, also has more information on flexible tenancies here: https://england.shelter.org.