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Local housing authorities are to publish a tenancy strategy
The creation of a new flexible tenancy for local authority landlords with a minimum fixed term of two years. The government plans to retain two-year tenancies as an option whilst saying it expects the majority of tenancies to be for longer terms, especially for vulnerable households and those with children.
A new tenancy standard will be introduced from April 2012 (not to be confused with the current TSA Tenancy Standards)
The government says that the reforms to tenure, allocations and homelessness in the Localism Bill will help tackle overcrowding.
It has £13 million to the 50 biggest local authority landlords to tackle under-occupation and intends establishing a new national team of advisers based at the Chartered Institute of Housing to support councils who want to help tenants to downsize, for example:
dedicated officers to help find residents suitable new homes
a moving service to assist tenants with every aspect of moving
handymen to decorate and make repairs to new homes