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

The following Local Government practice 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

What is a family intervention tenancy?

Coronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation and changes to practice and procedure in the courts and tribunals have been introduced, which affect the following:

  1. proceedings for possession

  2. forfeiture of business leases on the grounds of non-payment of rent

  3. a landlord's right to exercise Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) and enforcement agents taking control of goods

  4. service of various notices to recover possession of residential properties

  5. practice and procedure in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)

  6. insolvency legislation of both a permanent and temporary nature

For further information and guidance, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property and Coronavirus (COVID-19)—social housing tracker.

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:

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