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Isle of Man public housing 'not for life' warning

Isle of Man public sector housing is "not for life" the Manx government has warned, as plans are unveiled to review tenant contracts every five years.

A spokesman said the move comes into force on 1 April as the first step towards more stringent means testing.

The new rules mean tenants with increasing incomes will have their rents increased accordingly.

Social Care Minister Howard Quayle said all new tenancies will be for a fixed period of five years, "not for life".

He added: "This gives all public sector housing providers the opportunity to update the details of the households and check on the continued eligibility of those tenants for public sector housing.

"All tenancy reviews will be carried out with sensitivity by the public sector landlords."

Measures to means test social housing rents are expected to be announced on the island next year.

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