RBKC to reintroduce lifetime tenancies

“We have spoken at length about the need to change as a Council in order to rebuild trust with our communities.”

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) have outlined plans to reintroduce lifetime tenancies for its council tenants.

Previously, tenants had flexible tenancies for five years, or two years in “exceptional circumstances” – brought in as an option for councils and housing associations by the coalition government in 2012.

The move comes following calls from residents who said they “wanted peace of mind and certainty” over their own homes.

All existing Council tenants will convert from fixed term tenancies to lifetime tenancies unless they have breached the conditions of their tenancy.

New tenants will be signed up for a one-year introductory tenancy before moving on to lifetime tenancies.

Lifetime tenancies have returned in popularity in the UK social housing sector, namely L&Q, announcing in September last year that it would be giving them to all its residents.

It was also a topic of debate in the House of Lords, with Ministers urged to offer councils and housing associations the option to of lifetime tenancies that “rebuild lives”.

Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith, Deputy Leader, Grenfell, Housing and Property said: “We have spoken at length about the need to change as a Council in order to rebuild trust with our communities, however actions speak louder than words.

“Residents have been telling us that they want more security within their homes and we have now implemented that.

“Over the course of the next year we will continue to bring forward proposals on matters that really matter to our residents.”

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