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Residents to be offered lifetime tenancies

11 March 2019
A resident consults with her Housing Officer

Following a consultation with our National Residents Scrutiny Panel, we are pleased to announce that we will be joining a growing number of other social landlords and phasing out fixed term tenancies, from 1 April 2019.

Sanctuary Housing has nearly 9,000 tenants currently on fixed term arrangements who will be offered a lifetime tenancy when their existing agreement comes up for renewal.

Our National Resident Scrutiny Panel debated the issue and called for fixed term tenancies to be phased out. Their recommendation was confirmed by Sanctuary Group Board last month.

The move will provide our residents with long-term security by removing the need to renew their tenancies, a process which is both ineffective and an unnecessary worry.

Chair of the National Resident Scrutiny Panel, Wendy Burridge, said: “I was always unconvinced by fixed term tenancies. As a representative of Sanctuary tenants, I am really pleased that they have decided to scrap them and give residents the security they deserve.”

Sanctuary Group Chief Executive, Craig Moule said: “We believe everyone should be able to live in a decent home, where they feel safe and secure.

“Our social purpose – the reason we were set up 50 years ago – was to provide a home that people could afford, where they could raise a family and grow old.

“Lifetime tenures are preferred by our residents and they make for stronger, more engaged and thriving communities. We are pleased to join our peers in the sector who have already taken this step.”

Fixed term tenancies were introduced by the Localism Act 2011 with the aim of allocating social housing to those who need it most and not giving lifetime tenancies to people whose circumstances might change in the future.