What is a family intervention tenancy?
What is a family intervention tenancy?

The following Local Government guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is a family intervention tenancy?
  • Criteria to use a family intervention tenancy
  • Purpose
  • Security of tenure
  • Behaviour support services
  • Notice requirements of a family intervention tenancy
  • Termination of a family intervention tenancy

A family intervention tenancy (FIT) is a tenancy of a dwelling house granted instead of an assured or secure tenancy to a tenant who has been (or could have been) the subject of a possession order on grounds of anti-social behaviour. FITs can only apply to tenancies that began on or after 1 January 2009. The use of FITs is subject to (non-statutory) government guidance.

Criteria to use a family intervention tenancy

A FIT can only be offered when providing behavioural support services to tenants against whom a possession order for anti-social behaviour:

  1. has been made under Ground 2/2A of Schedule 2 to the Housing Act 1985 (HA 1985), Ground 14/14A of Schedule 2 to the Housing Act 1988 (HA 1988)

  2. could, in the opinion of the landlord, have been so made

  3. could have been so made if the tenant had such a tenancy

Before the tenant enters into a FIT the landlord must serve a notice in the appropriate form on the tenant. See: Notice requirements of a family intervention tenancy below.

Purpose

The purpose of the FIT must be to provide behaviour support services to the