Under the Housing Act 1985, tenants of social housing provided for by a local authority (inter alia) occupy under a 'secure tenancy'1. However, in practice, the majority of council tenancies were granted on a 'lifetime' basis (meaning that tenants have the right to live in their social home for the rest of their life, provided they keep to the conditions of their tenancy, regardless of how the household's circumstances were to change in the future). Accordingly, with effect from 1 April 2012, the Localism Act 2011 (which amended the Housing Act 1985 and the Housing Act 1996) introduced a
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