About tenancy strategies and tenancy policies
When it came into power in 2011, the government introduced ‘affordable rents’ for social housing being let by registered providers (meaning councils, housing associations and others who own and manage social housing). Affordable rents can be set at up to 80% of the local market rent.
Registered providers were also given the flexibility to be able to let homes for a fixed term, enabling a review of the tenants circumstances every so often and reducing the number of tenants on a "lifetime tenancy".
This all came into force as part of the Localism Act 2011 (opens the Local Government Association's guide to the Act).
To make sure the new rents and felxibilities were used proprly, the goverment required local authorities to publish a tenancy strategy, setting out its view of affordable housing tenures and how it sees each housing "optinon" fitting in to the local housing market.
Registered providers were also required to publish a tenancy policy, setting out how they will use the different legal / tenancy products in their housing stock.
In the tenancy strategy, a local authority may give guidance to providers about:
- the kinds of tenancies they grant
- the circumstances in which they will grant a tenancy of a particular kind
- where they grant tenancies for a term certain, the lengths of the terms and
- the circumstances in which they will grant a further tenancy on the coming to an end of an existing tenancy.
Local tenancy strategies
- Cambridge City Council page of housing and related documents, including the tenancy strategy
- East Cambridgeshire District Council's tenancy strategy 2013
- Fenland District Council's tenancy strategy
- Huntingdonshire District Council's tenancy strategy 2012
- South Cambridgeshire District Council's tenancy strategy
- Forest Heath District Council's draft housing and tenancy strategy 2012-13
- St Edmundsbury Borough Council's tenancy strategy
Local tenancy policies
Organisations which manage social and affordable housing, such as housing associations and some local authorities, will have a tenancy policy. This sets out the providers approach to the kinds of tenancies they will use for example starter tenancies, affordable rent, and flexible tenancies; what rent levels they will set and how long they will let a home for - as not all social housing is let on a "lifetime" basis.
Tenancy policies are available on housing providers' websites and may be updated every now and then. Here are some local examples. Where possible we have provided a link to the page to make sure you find the most up-to-date policy:
- Axiom tenure strategy (pdf)
- bpha resource page includes link to bpha's tenancy policy
- Cambridge City Council page of housing and related documents, including the tenancy policy
- CHS lettings policy (pdf)
- Circle Housing Roddons tenancy policy (pdf)
- Flagship page listing key policies including a link to Flagship's tenancy policy
- Genesis tenancy policy page
- Havebury allocations tenancy policy (pdf)
- Hanover's resident information page focussing on tenancy issues
- Hastoe tenancy policy (PDF)
- Hundred Houses: 'Your Rent' page sets out tenancy options
- Hyde Housing's affordable rent tenure policy (PDF)
- King Street tenancy policy (PDF)
- Muir Group homes page which includes information on the types of tenancies used by Muir, across the country
- Orbit 'your tenancy' page sets out types and details about Orbit tenancies
- Sanctuary Housing's tenancy options page
- South Cambridgeshire District Council's page which includes tenancy policy link
We would like to include lins to every provider's tenancy policy in our area. If you'd like to share your tenancy policy here, please contact us.
Each district also has its own strategy on how it will work to prevent and tackle homelessness. Here are some links
- Cambridge City Council Homelessness Strategy Action Plan 2009-12
- East Cambridgeshire District Council Homelessness Strategy and Action Plan 2008-11
- Fenland District Council Draft Homelessness Strategy 2012-14
- Forest Heath District Council Housing Strategy 2007
- Huntingdonshire District Council Homelessness Strategy 2011
- South Cambridgeshire District Council Homelessness Strategy 2013
- St Edmundsbury Borough Council (2008) Homelessness Strategy 2008-13