Fixed-term tenancies assured shorthold fixed-term tenancy

A fixed-term tenancy is offered for a fixed period of time rather than a lifetime tenancy. It is legally known as an assured shorthold fixed-term tenancy.

We currently offer a five year fixed-term tenancy with a starter tenancy of one year. At the end of the starter tenancy we may end the tenancy if you have not kept to the terms of the tenancy or no longer need the home. If you still need the property and we are happy with the conduct of the tenancy we will start the five year fixed term tenancy. This means that if you are offered a fixed term tenancy you may be resident for six years (one year starter tenancy + five-year fixed term tenancy).

Why do we use fixed term tenancies for certain homes?

We have a limited number of large homes for families and adapted homes for people with mobility problems or disabilities. We want to make sure that these homes are used for those households who really need them. If we give people a tenancy for a fixed period of time we can review it towards the end and make a decision to renew or give notice to end the tenancy.

Who can be offered a fixed term tenancy?

You may be offered a fixed term tenancy if:

  • You are being offered a large or adapted home and are aged under 60 years old and
  • You do not currently have an assured tenancy with LHP or
  • Your assured tenancy started after 1 April 2012.

What happens during the six years of the tenancy?

We will manage the tenancy in our usual way. The housing officer will carry out routine tenancy visits to check the condition of the property and help you with any tenancy problems.

You will have similar rights and responsibilities as an assured tenant, such as rights to repairs of the home. However, fixed-term tenants do not have the right to buy.

If you decide you no longer want to live in the home you can surrender or give up your tenancy, with our consent.

We will review the tenancy towards the end of the starter tenancy (the first year) and after five years (one year before the end).

What happens at the end of the first year?

Towards the end of the starter tenancy (the first year) a housing officer will review the tenancy - they will visit to check the condition of the property, the conduct of your tenancy and whether you still need the property.

If you do still need the property and you have kept to the tenancy agreement, a five year tenancy will be offered.

If you do not need the property or there are any problems with the conduct of the tenancy we may serve notice to end the tenancy. You have the right to appeal against a decision to end the tenancy.

What happens after five years?

Towards the end of five years a housing officer will review the tenancy - they will visit to check the condition of the property, the conduct of your tenancy and whether you still need the property.

If you do still need the property and you have kept to the tenancy agreement, a five year tenancy renewal will be offered.

If you do not need the property or there are any problems with the conduct if the tenancy we may serve notice to end the tenancy. You have the right to appeal against a decision to end the tenancy.

How do you review the tenancy?

The review will take into account:

  • Whether you still need the property, based upon who is living in your household and their needs. This will include the number of bedrooms you need and whether you still need adaptations within the property.
  • How you have conducted the tenancy - rent payments, any history of anti-social behaviour or other breaches of tenancy.

How would I appeal against a decision to end a tenancy?

You should contact us within 14 days of the notice being served to tell us why you are making the appeal. You will be informed of the hearing date and invited to attend. The panel will make a decision on the day of the hearing.

 

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