Draft MK Council Tenancy Agreement

Summary

The proposed changes to the tenancy agreement are a key as part of the modernisation and improvement of the Neighbourhood Housing Service. There have been many changes in legislation and good practice since the agreement was last reviewed over ten years ago.

The changes proposed will enable improved management of the housing stock as officers are better able to address tenancy breaches and issues on estates, the current Tenancy Agreement does not reflect changes in the law and best practice.

Purpose

To vary the secure tenancy conditions, the council is required by the 1985 Housing Act to consult all tenants on the proposed changes, consider all the responses received, and issue a notice of variation to formally implement the new terms.

The draft new agreement will address a number of issues, including:

  • Restrict rights of succession to reflect the current law, which will reduce the number of successions and increase the availability of housing
  • Review wording to ensure clear communication and plain English
  • Strengthen provisions on domestic abuse to prepare MKC to enable it to seek Domestic Abuse Housing Accreditation in the future
  • Ensure provisions for recharging enable MKC to recover costs effectively
  • Implement “any day” tenancy starts and terminations –  reducing risk of income loss through switching to Universal Credit
  • Digitise the agreement and process which will speed up sign ups and enable a paperless approach

Strengthen the rules in several areas including:

  • Fire safety  
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Recharging for tenant damage
  • Enabling access for repairs and gas safety checks
  • Keeping communal areas safe, clean and clear

 

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