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Government proposes mandatory minimum 3 year tenancy

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire proposes the introduction of mandatory minimum 3 year tenancy agreements with a 6 month break clause in plans published on 2nd July 2018.
The proposal aims to help renters put down roots and also give landlords longer term financial security.

According to government figures, people remain in their rented properties for an average of nearly 4 years. Despite this, 4 out of 5 rental contracts are assured shorthold tenancy agreements with a minimum fixed term of 6 or 12 months.

Government officials are concerned that some tenants are hesitant to complain about poor property conditions for fear that their tenancy will be terminated by the landlord, making them unable to plan for the future.

Mr Brokenshire has said “Being able to call your rental property your home is vital to putting down roots and building stronger communities. That’s why I am determined to act.”

With the proposed longer term for tenancy agreements, tenants would be able to vacate before the end of the minimum 3 year term, however they would have greater protection if they wanted to remain in a property for an extended period of time.

Consultation runs until 26th August 2018 and ministers are pursuing the views of landlords, tenants and organisations about the most practical way to overcome potential obstacles from the introduction of longer tenancies.

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