by Lambeth Council
· May 22, 2018 3:31 PM
The new HfL tenancy agreement is based upon, and is very similar, to the tenancy agreement currently used for Lambeth Council tenants. It also includes a contractual Right to Buy.
The tenancy agreement covers your rights and responsibilities on areas including:-
Paying rent and other charges
Rent will be set in exactly the same way as council rents. You will be responsible for paying water bills directly to Thames Water. Repairs what you are responsible for, and what HfL is responsible for.
Generally, internal decoration is a tenant's responsibility, although we will help elderly or other vulnerable tenants.
You must keep the inside of your home tidy. HfL will look after the communal areas.
Gardens / outside space
You must look after any garden, yard and balcony, and keep them free of rubbish. These areas form part of the property. Insurance HfL will insure the structure of the building against certain risks, together with our fixtures and fittings, but you should arrange your own contents insurance.
You are not allowed to alter the outside of your home, such as putting up a satellite dish or fixing security grills.
Your Right to Buy your home
We're adding a contractual Right to Buy which will provide an equivalent right to the one you currently have.
HfL's right to enter your property
You must let officers and contractors in to carry out repairs.
Use of your home
You must live in your property as your only or principal home; if not we’ll take legal action to recover possession. You can only run a business from your home with our permission.
Succession (passing your tenancy on when you die)
The tenancy allows for succession to partners (married or unmarried) and to children who have lived with you for 12 months prior to your death.
You need written permission to have a dog. You must microchip your dog.
Not causing a nuisance
The tenancy lists various things you shouldn't do which could cause a nuisance to your neighbours.
Ending your tenancy
If you want to end your tenancy you must give us four weeks written notice. If HfL needs to bring your tenancy to an end, such as if you don’t pay the rent, it will need to apply to a court for possession.
As a private company, Homes for Lambeth can be criminally convicted. In order to establish liability the Court would need to show that the "controlling mind" of the company knew about and directed the activity involved. In the case of Homes for Lambeth this would mean the company's Board. The Board will be made up of Council officers and elected members.
The Local Government Ombudsman can only deal with local authorities and certain other public bodies. Homes for Lambeth would not be covered by this. However tenants and leaseholders transferring into Homes for Lambeth properties would have other routes for complaints including the Housing Ombudsman.
The Council will own all the shares in Homes for Lambeth. There will, however, be the potential for Homes for Lambeth to create subsidiary companies. These could be joint ventures in which the equity could be shared with a third party. The Council would consider doing this so, for example, we can use Right to Buy Receipts to build more and better homes.
We are committed to building better homes for our current residents and more genuinely affordable homes to tackle the housing crisis. To do this, we have set up Homes for Lambeth a company we wholly own. Homes for Lambeth allows us to build private homes which will subside the more and better homes we need. These new homes will they need to be high quality, low maintenance and efficient to run.