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There’s just one week left for people to have their say on Redditch Borough Council’s proposed new tenancy agreement, the contract that applies to anyone renting a home from the council.

The updated, clearer agreement is designed to set out and reinforce tenants’ rights and responsibilities in detail.

Cllr Craig Warhurst, Redditch Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “This is an important document and you don’t have to be a tenant to take part. I would encourage anyone with an interest in council housing or their community to take the opportunity to say whether you find it easy to follow and read, whether it was clear and helpful, and so on. Any issues people raise may then be ironed out before the council’s Executive Committee sits down to consider formally adopting it, set for October.

“It’s all part of work in the critical area of housing to improve landlord-tenant relationships, encourage more care to be taken of council properties, and foster stronger, safer communities.”

Cllr Matt Dormer, Leader of the Council, added: “Housing is just the latest area where the council is communicating more clearly than ever the simple, common sense rules that are in place for everyone’s benefit. We think our new tenancy agreement does this and we want to listen to what people have to say about it before we adopt it.”

The new 27-page draft of the ‘Housing Tenancy Conditions and Agreement’ features updated language on how council homes can be used, when and why written permissions are required for certain activities, technical definitions including for health and safety and anti-social behaviour, parking, chargeable works, and more.

The consultation is specifically about ease of understanding, and not about the legal and contractual matters covered in the agreement, which are defined by legislation and are not under consultation.

Take part in the online survey here or if you are unable to complete it online please contact the borough council for a paper copy.

The survey closes at 9am on Monday 16 September.