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Tenancy management – making it personal


Is your organisation offering the right support to tenants? Gail Sykes, partner and head of social housing at Buckles Solicitors LLP, says it is essential that all social landlords draw up the correct tenancy agreements to help prevent legal challenges.

Headshot of Gail SykesHow can housing providers make sure they are modifying existing tenancy agreements correctly?
For local authorities, it is a case of ensuring they adhere with the notice procedure set out in Section 103 of the Housing Act 1985. Housing associations on the other hand will need to consult the tenancy agreement itself to check what mechanism is in place to vary that agreement.

What are the main aims of your session at CIH’s upcoming Tenancy management – how to manage your agreements event?
During my session, we will look at ensuring that any variation to an existing tenancy agreement is lawful. I’m also interested in focusing on some of the reasons why a landlord may want to vary an agreement, for example, to allow them to use the new mandatory grounds for possession in the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act without challenge.

Why would delegates benefit from attending this event?
It is often easy to forget that a tenancy agreement is the document which regulates the legal relationship between the landlord and the tenant. This is why it is important to keep tenancy agreements under review and to use an agreement which is fit for purpose. There are now more opportunities for housing providers to use different agreements and to create different tenures, but that also creates pitfalls and an enhanced need to ensure that the agreements a provider is using are correct. I would hope that this event may go some way to helping housing providers to navigate the maze.

Gail will be speaking at our event on 25 September and will be joined by other housing experts and legal minds as they take a closer look at the new options for tenancy agreements to suit every resident’s needs.

Following changes to the bedroom tax and welfare reform, delegates will be able to gain a clear understanding of the effect on residents and their present tenancy agreements. There will also be an opportunity to discuss and share ideas on why more should consider using fixed term tenancies

We hope to see you at the CIH London office.

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