Tenancies - fixed term and flexible

Conventionally, social housing landlords granted periodic (or life-time) tenancies – but since 1 April 2012 the Localism Act 2011 has given them almost total discretion in choosing the kind of tenancies they offer. Many are now choosing to offer people fixed-term tenancies and others flexible tenancies for two to five years.

Tenancies - fixed term and flexible

The legal and regulatory code requires that fixed-term and flexible tenancies are created, managed and terminated correctly – but the pitfalls are numerous. This workshop will help you to minimise the risk of making mistakes and ensure landlords using such tenancies are aware of the risks.

You will learn:

  • The requirements of the Localism Act 2011 for fixed-term and flexible tenancies – offering such tenancies, reviews or appeals
  • How fixed-term and flexible tenancies should be managed with regard to succession, mutual exchanges, sub-letting and lodgers
  • How ‘security of tenure’ might be lost – death without succession, sub-letting whole, abandonment and how to deal with these for fixed-term and flexible tenancies
  • How fixed-term and flexible tenancies should be ended, particularly ‘minded-to notices’ and termination notices, the timeframes involved and reviews or appeals at the end of the tenancy.
Who should attend?
 
All housing staff who need a practical knowledge of how fixed-term and flexible tenancies should be granted, managed and ended.

Tenancies - fixed term and flexible

Richard Paris

Legal Richard Paris

Richard Paris has an MA from Queens’ College, Cambridge and a post-graduate Diploma in Housing from LSE. From 1991-93 he was senior research officer at LSE Housing, and has worked for short-life and supported housing agencies, mainstream housing associations and local authorities. He is a freelance housing law specialist with 20 years’ training and development experience undertaking educational training, consultancy, policy and procedure health checks. He specialises in housing law updates, dealing with anti-social behaviour effectively, preventing and controlling rent arrears, do-it-yourself possession proceedings, the law in supported housing and the law on disrepair and best practice.

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