Conditional tenancies signalling cultural shift in Landlord/Tenant relationships


A new report by housing ideas and innovation agency HACT focuses on changes in landlord/tenant relationships arising from conditional tenancy pilots taking place in a number of housing providers.

The research, funded by Yarlington and Trafford Housing Trust, considers how housing providers are responding to these initiatives and what they mean for the sector as a whole. 

The report concludes conditional tenancies are being introduced; they are promoting significant cultural shifts for both housing providers and tenants. However, whilst all the pilots were demonstrating initial success, no single “one size fits all” approach to sustaining a tenancy long-term has yet emerged.

The report includes findings so far from pilot studies from three providers - Bromford, Moat and Yarlington - and case studies from other providers who are considering implementing similar models. 

The decision to move away from assured tenancies as the default position and towards fixed-term tenancies has led to a significant shift in the way housing providers think about their tenants and how to best support them, as well as what terms like ‘independence’ and ‘support’ mean in the context of the tenant-landlord relationship. 

The research looks in particular at how housing providers that have launched conditionality-based schemes schemes are ensuring tenants are adequately supported to sustain their tenancies and how tenancies are managed through their life-cycles. It also identifies the importance of pre-tenancy work and definable links between community investment and successful tenancy management.

This report explores how these issues are being addressed by individual housing providers. As further research is conducted and these models continue to evolve, this report is intended to stimulate debate and discussion on these important and timely issues.

Gary Orr, Yarlington CEO said “At Yarlington we believe that the housing shortage cannot be addressed by building homes alone. In addition, housing providers should be supporting people to meet their ambitions and helping people migrate through social housing. Of course we need to build more houses, but it’s not the solution to some of the many challenges that our communities face. I think it is too simplistic, and we need to be having a broader discussion with people within our communities, asking them what are their hopes and dreams for their, and their children’s futures“.


Click here to access 'Approaches to tenancy management in the social housing sector: Exploring new models in the tenant/landlord relationship'.

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