Social Rented Housing: Tenants' Rights

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people have been removed from social housing because they did not have succession rights to remain following the death of the previous sole or joint tenant in each year since 2012 .

Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the cost to the public purse was of tenants living in social housing who do not have succession rights appealing local authority decisions in each year since 2012.

Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have been provided with alternative social housing as a result of being removed from existing social housing for which they are no longer eligible following the death of the previous tenant.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Department does not hold this information.

There is nothing to prevent a local authority or Private Registered Provider of social housing from granting a new tenancy to a person who remains in the property but has no right to succeed, either in the same property or a different property. This is provided that doing so is in line with their own policies for allocating tenancies, which in the case of local authorities, must prioritise those in housing need.

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