Children whose parents die will be stripped of the right to stay indefinitely in their family council home under new Government plans.
A quietly-introduced amendment to the Government’s housing and planning bill will end security of tenure for all new council tenants – but also for people whose family members die.
Under existing rules, lifetime council tenancies can be passed to children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents and siblings upon the death of a tenant provided the property in question was their home at the time of the death.
Live-in aunts, uncles, and step-relatives are also covered by the current rules.
Under the changes, which were not included in the Government’s first publicised draft of the bill, tenants will instead be put onto a temporary fixed-term tenancy.
After that tenancy is over they will be forced to prove they meet the onerous requirements to get a newly-let council house.
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