New agreement

Changes have been proposed to the agreements signed by tenants of Futures Homescape - the new name for Amber Valley Housing - because the old contract could expose the housing association to legal challenges.

Bosses said tenants would not be under any obligation to sign the new agreement but “it would be advantageous to them if they did.”

Rents would not be increased and, although it would not be easier to evict tenants there would be “more grounds and better processes in place to deal with difficult tenants.” There would be no loss of rights for tenants in terms of ‘Right to Buy’.

It was anticipated that the new Tenancy Agreement would be posted out with a prepaid return envelope to all tenants by March 2012.