Kingston Council unleash new tenancy strategy
By adam_leone | Monday, February 04, 2013, 17:01
Kingston council has unleashed it's new tenancy strategy and called it "Homes for life."
The idea is to secure life-time tenancies for the majority of new tenants across Kingston, New Malden and Surbiton.
More than 1,000 people, voluntary groups and housing associations responded to a consultation on Kingston Council's new Tenancy Strategy.
Fixed-term, flexible tenancies will be created for a small number of new tenants to offer a `trial period` or to make best use of the council's housing stock.
Housing associations will offer a range of flexible and life-time tenancies, with the council encouraging them to offer tenancies of at least five years.
There will be no change to existing council tenancies.
The council's Allocations Policy has been changed to give priority to Kingston residents.
With a few exceptions, people who live outside the borough will no longer be able to register for social housing in Kingston.
Homeless households placed in temporary homes by the council may now be offered private rented homes when they become available, as well as council or housing association homes.
Councillor Derek Osbourne, Kingston Council leader, said: "Giving tenants stable and affordable homes is important."
"It's good for their health and wellbeing and helps them to be independent and part of the community."
"We're making big improvements to our council housing too, making Kingston an even better place to live for thousands of our tenants."
The Tenancy Strategy will be reviewed within two years so that any welfare reforms which could affect local demand for council housing can be considered.