Have your say on fixed term tenancies in council properties

THURROCK Council is seeking the views of residents on new tenancy arrangements following a recent law change.

Following the introduction of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, councils now must provide new tenants with fixed-term tenancies, which can last between two and ten years and must be reviewed six months before it ends.

Residents are being asked for their views on the length of tenancies, what should be considered during reviews and what should happen should a tenancy end before the proposed term.

Cllr Rob Gledhill, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “We want residents to help put together the new tenancy policy for Thurrock.

“Although these changes are mandatory, we are able to shape aspects of the policy to suit the needs of Thurrock residents such as ensuring that older or truly vulnerable tenants are secure.

Cllr Gledhill continued: “I hope all residents will go on the website and have their say on the consultation before it closes in the autumn.”

More information can be found at thurrock.gov.uk/housing. The consultation ends on 23 September 2016.

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