The real tenancy test: tenancy rights in supported living

WOOD Alicia, et al
National Development Team for Inclusion
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More and more people with a learning disability have a tenancy. However many people with learning disabilities have tenancies in housing and support services where they do not enjoy real rights, choice and control, usually because their home operates more like a traditional residential care service, where a care provider runs the home and commissioners 'place' people in their home. The Real Tenancy Test is a quick test to be used in supported living and tenancy based supported housing to determine if real tenancy rights are being met. It is designed to get an understanding of whether a tenancy in supported living gives real tenancy rights. It describes important things to consider when planning housing and tenancies for people, including when to use different types of tenancies and how to handle issues of capacity. It says that for the tenancy to be genuine, the following should be happening: a tenancy agreement is in place; the tenant has control over where they live; the tenant has control over who they live with; the tenant has control over who supports them and how they are supported; and the tenant has control over what happens in their home. The Real Tenancy Test asks 11 key questions to determine whether the tenancy is genuine and gives guidance to ensure that the tenants has real tenancy rights.

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learning disabilities, quality assurance, rights, supported housing, supported living, tenants;
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practice guidance
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