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Lancaster City Council is consulting on a refresh of its existing Tenancy Strategywhich Registered Providers should consider when developing and updating their Tenancy policies.

The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new requirement for local authorities to pr oduce a Tenancy Strategy because of some of the flexibilities afforded to social housing providers in relation to the type of tenancies they grant and the rents they charge.  The first Tenancy Strategy produced by Lancaster City Council was adopted in 2013. 

The draft Tenancy Strategy 2024 has been reviewed to take account of current and expected practices across the Lancaster District Registered Provider Strategic Partnership, and takes account of current demand for social housing and the impact of homelessness, the types of tenancies the Local Authority and Registered Providers will grant and rent setting policies. 

The closing date for comments is Friday 1 March 2024.  Please send your comments to

What is the Lancaster district tenancy strategy?

The strategy sets out important issues that local registered providers should consider when producing tenancy policies.

View the Lancaster district tenancy strategy

Why has the strategy been introduced?

To help to protect social housing tenant rights, security of tenure and rents.  The Localism Act 2011 has given social housing providers the right to issue flexible tenancies, therefore they can now set rents at up to 80% of market rents (this is known as Affordable Rent), and may need to convert some of their existing properties on re-lets to the new flexible tenancies as a to fund future housing provision. They may also choose to dispose of some of their existing housing stock for the same reason.

How has it been developed?

Consultation has taken place with local registered providers on their future tenancy proposals, and the council will continue to negotiate and work with them to achieve the best for the district, given future funding opportunity constraints.

When will this be reviewed?

This strategy will be reviewed every five years and considers its impact on allocation policies and the homelessness strategy.

Last updated: 01 February 2024

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