Consultation on tenancy standards for Enfield renters

Enfield Council is inviting views on its draft tenancy strategy

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Landlords and tenants are being encouraged to take part in an Enfield Council consultation as it looks to agree a new strategy setting out minimum standards for tenancies in the borough.

The draft tenancy strategy sets out how the council encourages all landlords – of social and private housing – as well as letting agencies, to support the council’s “vision for high standards for all tenancies […] so residents live as healthily, safely, and securely as possible”.

Long-term tenancies that do not need to be regularly re-signed are seen as beneficial for renters, taking away uncertainty about their future living situation and improving employment prospects and stability for children’s education.

The council’s strategy sets out to support social housing residents to have lifetime tenancies, offering fixed-term tenancies only in exceptional circumstances for a proposed minimum of ten years. It also encourages private landlords to consider longer term tenancies.

The main objectives are that residents have a clear understanding of their tenancy, with lifetime tenancies being the “preferred option” but, when a tenancy does end, that residents “are supported to avoid homelessness”.

The council states that its vision is to “end homelessness in the borough” and that it wishes to work with all landlords to help them “fulfil their responsibilities under the Homeless Reduction Act 2017” to prevent homelessness.

Gina Needs, cabinet member for social housing at Enfield Council, said: “I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to let us know their views on our draft tenancy strategy by completing our questionnaire.

“The strategy sets out the approach the council, and other registered providers of social housing in the borough, need to consider when developing or reviewing their own tenancy policies.

“Our aim is to enable residents to stay in their homes, feel settled and build strong, sustainable communities. We want our residents to live in homes that are appropriate to their needs and will continue to address housing need and actively prevent homelessness in the borough.”

The closing date for completion of the council’s questionnaire is Thursday 11th November at 11.59pm. It can be read online with responses then emailed to the council:
[email protected]