1102. Background to the legislation regarding introductory tenancies and anti-social behaviour.

The Housing Act 1996 made provision for the adoption of introductory tenancies and other measures that allow local housing authorities1 and other social landlords, under statutory powers2, to deal with housing-related anti-social behaviour3 conducted by tenants, their families or visitors, as follows:

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    (1)     a local housing authority or housing action trust may elect to operate an introductory tenancy regime4, under which the tenant will not become a secure tenant5 until 12 months after the start of the tenancy6, and the landlord can recover possession if it believes that the tenant's conduct is unsatisfactory7;

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    (2)     local authorities and other social