Security of tenure is an issue that will be relevant to people who rent their property. Depending on your landlord and the type of tenancy agreement that you have will have the ultimate bearing on the level of security of tenure you enjoy.
Most private tenants nowadays have a security of tenure that is known as a shorthold tenancy agreement. Ever since the law changed regarding tenants rights, these tenancies are nothing like as secure as they used to be. Housing law is very much moving in the direction of the landlord here, and if the tenant does anything wrong, it is much easier for that landlord to eventually evict them.
If a tenant lives in a property that is part of a housing association - or better still a local authority, invariably, these people will tend to enjoy a security of tenure that is at the highest level. These are known as Secure tenancies and it is always far harder for a landlord to evict this type of tenant. (more...)