What is a flexible tenancy?

From 1st  April 2014 we have been offering Flexible (Fixed Term) Tenancies to some new tenants.

Flexible tenancies help make sure you get the right type of home when you need it and assist us in making the best use of the limited housing available in Barnsley.  Flexible tenancies have many of the same rights as secure tenancies, including 12 months as an Introductory Tenant, but your tenancy has a fixed end date.

We either offer a 5 or 2 year Flexible Tenancy.  (We do not offer a flexible tenancy for less than two years).

5 Year Flexible Tenancies – Most people will be offered a 5 year flexible tenancy, which is the standard for Barnsley.  We will offer 5 year flexible tenancies on the properties listed as we have a shortage of these types of homes:

  • Four or more bedrooms
  • Been built specially for people with disabilities
  • Had significant adaptations to make the home suitable for people with disabilities, this could include an extension.
  • Had three or more of the following adaptations: stair lift, through floor lift, level access shower, ramp, wider doors or lower kitchen units.

2 Year Flexible Tenancies –  will be offered in a small number of cases, to people who have previously been involved in incidents of anti-social behaviour and/or have serious rent arrears but are making efforts to address previous difficulties.

To give applicants the opportunity to continue their change of behaviour and to continue making payments off any rent arrears/ tenancy related debt.