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If you are a Medway Council tenant or leaseholder, your tenancy
agreement outlines a list of rights and obligations that the
council and tenant(s) must adhere to.
agreements signed before 14 April 2014 (pdf
agreements signed after 14 April 2014 (pdf 194KB)
being an introductory tenant. (pdf 152KB)
Secure tenancy agreements
Terms and conditions of your
tenancy - signed before 14th April 2014 (pdf 2.7MB).
Terms and conditions of your
tenancy - signed after 14th April 2014 (pdf 573KB).
Flexible Tenancy for a fixed term
Terms and conditions of
your tenancy (pdf 188KB).
Secure tenants who would like to move to another Medway Council
or social housing property in Medway can do so through a transfer.
This requires you to sign up to Kent Homechoice.
If you want to move to a smaller home you may also be
financial incentives (pdf 88KB).
To be eligible for a transfer you must make sure that:
- the property you live in is in a good state of repair and
- you do not have any rent arrears
- you have not committed anti-social behaviour
You can swap your council home with a tenant from another
council or housing association, this is called a mutual
A mutual exchange can be agreed anywhere in the country using
one of these services:
Download the Medway
Council Mutual Exchange Policy (pdf 94.3KB)
Tenants granted a secure tenancy before Sunday, 1 April
Secure tenants with a tenancy granted before Sunday, 1 April
2012 or flexible tenants have the right to automatically pass
on their tenancy to their spouse or family member following their
death. In the case of family members, where there is no spouse
qualified to succeed to the tenancy, the family member must have
been living with the tenant at the property continuously for 12
months prior to the tenant’s death.
The law defines a ‘family member’ as:
||Uncle or Aunt
|Nephew or Neice
||Adopted child or Stepchild
|Unmarried partners (heterosexual)
||Unregistered same sex partners*
*(same sex couples can now formally register their relationship
under the Civil Partnership Act 2004; once registered, they are
then known as civil partners).
The applicant making the request will need to
provide evidence and information to prove they qualify. Contact your housing officer for advice.
Tenants granted a secure tenancy after April 1 2012
In 2011 the Government introduced The
Localism Act. The Act made important changes to the way
council housing is managed. It amended the legal entitlement
to succeed to a secure or introductory tenancy (i.e. to take
over the tenancy of a person who has died) for tenants granted a
secure tenancy after April 1 2012. The legal right to succession is
now limited to a spouses, civil partners and couples living
together as if they are a spouse or civil partner. While this
excludes other family members living with the tenant at the time of
their death, we are free to allow discretionary
successions to others.
Download the Succession
Policy (pdf 95KB).
Insuring your belongings
It is your responsibility to find and contact an insurance
provider. We insure the structure of your home, but
this doesn't include cover for your belongings, fixtures,
fittings and alterations you may have at the property. We strongly
advise you to get your own home contents insurance as protection
against accidental damage, theft, water leaks and so on.
Find out about the importance of contents insurance on the money