The purpose of the report by the Director of Housing Neighbourhoods and Building Services is to present the updated Portsmouth City Council Tenancy Strategy which outlines the Portsmouth City Council's approach to tenancy used by itself and registered provider partners in social and affordable rented properties.
RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member for Housing approves the Council's Tenancy Strategy 2019-2024.
The Cabinet Member for Housing approved the Council's Tenancy Strategy 2019-2024.
Councillor Corkery left the meeting due to his declaration of interest so did not participate in this item.
Mark Fitch, the Head of Local Authority Housing, presented the report which set out the strategy for both PCC and registered provider partners who provide nomination rights. The Tenancy Strategy is reviewed on a regular basis, and this was a minor update.
Councillor Payter-Harris supported the strategy.
Members of the CLG were asked their views; they were pleased to be consulted and have representation at these meetings. A question was raised regarding the treatment of veterans by different local authorities; each council has its own allocations policy and will look at local connections. Councillor Sanders was pleased that in Portsmouth the links with the armed forces were formally recognised.
Councillor Sanders commented on paragraph 6.2 of the strategy which encourages the charging of social rent by registered providers (RPs), with the council charging affordable rents. He welcomed 5 year tenancies which would give more security and this would also be suggested to the RPs.
DECISION: The Cabinet Member for Housing approved the Council's Tenancy Strategy 2019-2024.