Council to end lifetime deals for its tenants
BRISTOL City Council is set to introduce new flexible, five-year tenancies in a move to tackle anti-social behaviour by council tenants.
The authority has stressed the measure will enable it to address the behaviour of a minority of offenders and will not in practice have any bearing on the circumstances of the overwhelming majority of tenants.
The replacement of secure lifetime tenancies by five-year agreements is due to be considered by the council's Cabinet next week.
But a report recommending the proposals emphasises that the new arrangements would not apply to those moving to supported housing for older people.
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And it said that all new tenancies would be renewed at the end of the fixed term unless there were very good reasons for not doing so.
Cabinet Councillor Anthony Negus said: "Tackling anti-social behaviour comes high on most people's agenda.
"This type of action by just one person can have a disproportionate effect on the lives of others, affecting many more tenants.
"Addressing anti-social behaviour and other breaches of tenancy, which can make life a misery for other tenants, can be a frustratingly long, protracted process.
"An as authority we are always looking at how we can tackle this issue more effectively. And when we undertook the review of our council tenancy conditions in response to new Government legislation it became clear that here was a unique chance to really get to grips with the problem."