The following Local Government guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
FORTHCOMING CHANGE: The Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Act 2018 (ST(VDA)A 2018) received Royal Assent on 10 May 2018 and once in force it will require LHAs to grant ‘old-style English secure’ tenancies to victims of domestic violence in certain circumstances, see Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Act 2018 below.
A secure tenancy can be granted for a:
statutory periodic term
Most secure tenancies have been granted for an indefinite period with rent paid on a periodic basis (weekly or monthly). These are sometimes referred to as lifetime council tenancies.
A tenancy granted for a fixed term which continues after the initial period without a further fixed term being granted becomes a statutory periodic.
Introduced by section 154 of the Localism Act 2011 (LA 2011), flexible tenancies can be made (in England only) by a local housing authority (LHA). A flexible tenancy is a form of secure tenancy. It can be made in the following circumstances:
where a landlord grants a secure tenancy for a fixed-term of not less than two years having given prior notice to the tenant that the tenancy is to be flexible
where a family intervention tenancy, granted in replacement of a flexible tenancy, reverts to secure status. Prior
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