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How to... develop your tenancy policy


How to... develop your tenancy policy


Tenancy policies have been introduced as part of the government's wider package of social housing reform. These reforms include the introduction of fixed term tenancies and affordable rent.

A tenancy policy, which the regulator's new tenancy standard will require all social housing providers to publish, is intended to set out how each provider will make use of the new range of options that are available to them. Once developed, it is the document which will govern which types and lengths of tenancy are granted to new tenants and, where applicable, how they will be reviewed at the end of a fixed term.

This guidance sets out how to develop a tenancy policy for your organisation. It explains the legal and regulatory expectations for your policy, the key decisions that you need to make and the things that you need to consider when determining your approach.

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