Right to move consultation for social housing tenants is launched
New proposals being drawn up for town halls will see social housing tenants wishing to move to a new area for work no longer being put on the bottom of housing waiting lists.
Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, announced that a consultation on how local authorities can ensure existing tenants will have a guaranteed ‘right to move’ will be launched, reports 24dash.
This means that existing council or housing association tenants finding new work in a different location will not have to sacrifice their home for work.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “We want to do all we can to support hard working social tenants to achieve their aspirations and seize what can often be a life-changing opportunity. In the past tenants may have felt trapped in their existing accommodation when they needed to move to take up a job. We want to make sure that people who have a social tenancy but need to relocate to a new community because of work or training will no longer find themselves back at square one – at the back of the housing waiting list in a new authority area. Tenants who want to work hard and get on should be supported in this goal not penalised because of it. Councils will have to work together to make sure tenants across the country will not have to make the choice between employment and housing.”
Social tenants relocating for work will be given greater priority, either by creating a new ‘reasonable preference’ category – used by councils to prioritise people for social housing – or through strengthened statutory guidance to ensure local authorities apply the existing ‘hardship’ reasonable preference category to include people moving for work or training.
Authorities would be required to provide at least 1% of their existing stock under the ‘right to move’ scheme although they would be free to offer more.
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