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Adoption of Homes for Lambeth Assured Lifetime Tenancies

Meeting: 22/01/2018 - Cabinet (Item 4)

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Key decision

All wards

 

Councillor Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of the Council (Investment and Partnerships)

Sue Foster: Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Growth

 

Jed Young, Assistant Director Housing Regeneration, jyoung@lambeth.gov.uk

 

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Minutes:

The Deputy Leader of the Council (Investment and Partnerships), Cllr Paul McGlone, introduced the report for Assured Lifetime Tenancies alongside the report for Leases and Shared Ownership Leases. He noted that:

·         The reports set out the assured lifetime tenancies and leases that HfL would use to enable the implementation of the Key Guarantees, agreed previously by Cabinet. Both reports followed a detailed consultation exercise that took place during the autumn of 2017.

·         In producing the assured lifetime tenancies, the Council had taken as a starting template the existing tenancy agreement and adapted this to address the different legislative requirements for assured tenancies and to amend certain sections to bring the existing secure tenancies up-to-date. The terms of lifetime assured tenancies were similar to the existing Lambeth secure tenancies.

·         In producing the HfL Homes leases, the Council had taken as a starting template the existing Right to Buy lease used by the council together with the standard HCA shared ownership leases and brought these together to create leases that would be appropriate for the modern properties to be built by HfL. The leases had been subject to independent legal review and consultation with homeowners, resulting in a number of changes.

·         It would be two or three years before any homeowner could sign one of the leases. It was therefore possible that statute or mortgage requirements would change and that minor changes to the leases would be required. Authority to adapt the leases would be delegated to the relevant Cabinet Member and Strategic Director.

 

The Chair, Cllr Lib Peck, invited registered speakers to make their representations to Cabinet. Mariana Nwagboso, a resident of Cressingham Gardens Estate, made the following points:

·         The consultation exercise across all the affected estates had received 55 responses, which represented just 6% and rendered the results meaningless.

·         More than one third of respondents wanted to keep their secure council lifetime tenancies, the Council should offer this to residents.

·         The Council had agreed to consider maintaining Right to Buy.

·         Elderly, vulnerable and disabled tenants had been excluded through poor consultation methods.

·         The Council should have balloted the residents of the estates.

·         The Council was only interested in making money, and those implementing the estate regeneration programme should remember they were public servants.

·         Disabled people and those living in overcrowded conditions needed to have access to adequate housing. Young people in the borough had no housing options and needed access to truly affordable housing. The proposed decision did not address these issues.

 

Andy Plant, also a resident of Cressingham Gardens, made the following observations about the HfL Assured Lifetime Tenancies report:

·         Assured Lifetime Tenancies did not have the same level of security as the current Secure Lifetime Tenancies; they were not covered by government legislation.

·         The less than 6% response rate did not provide a representative sample of the tenant resident population.

·         Officers had used the report as a vehicle for supposition.

·         The report sated the housing waiting list had grown to 23,000; this was a headline  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4