Tenancies and tenancy agreements
There are different types of tenancies. The length of these tenancies and your requirements may vary and you may also have different rights and responsibilities.
Tenancy types include:
- Introductory tenancy
- Secure tenancy
- Flexible tenancy.
If you’re a council tenant you can find out more about your tenancy agreement or the terms and conditions of your tenancy with the following documents:
- Introductory tenancy agreement (flexible) - Terms and conditions of your tenancy
- Introductory tenancy agreement (secure) - Terms and conditions of your tenancy
- Introductory tenancy - Guide to being an introductory tenant
- Secure tenancy agreement - Terms and conditions of your tenancy
- Flexible tenancy for a fixed term - Terms and conditions of your tenancy
- Tenancy Management Policy - Landlord Services tenancy policy.
If two adults make a single application for housing they’re often offered a joint tenancy.
A joint tenancy:
- makes both tenants equally responsible
- gives both tenants the same rights
- means if one tenant breaks the tenancy agreement, both will be evicted
- lets one tenant terminate a joint tenancy, even without the consent of the other tenant.
If you would like to change your tenancy to a joint tenancy, you will need to complete our sole to joint tenancy application form.
An assignment is when a tenancy is legally transferred by a Deed of Assignment drawn up by us. You might be ordered an assignment as a result of divorce proceedings.
You may assign a tenancy:
- if someone moves into a residential care home
- if someone moves to another country
- between married partners after a divorce.
If you assign a tenancy:
- you lose your right to live in the property
- the household’s entitlement to housing benefit may be affected
- it may affect your right to be re-homed if you become homeless.
If you would like to request an assignment of your tenancy, you will need to complete our assignment application form.
If a secure tenant dies, the successor can remain in the property for the rest of the tenancy. If it was an introductory tenancy the successor can stay until the end of the introductory tenancy which would then become a secure tenancy.
To claim for succession you must:
- claim within a month of the tenant's death
- inform your housing officer as soon as possible
- not be a successor of a previous successor.
There can only be one succession of a tenancy, so if the previous tenant got a property passed down to them it can’t also be passed on to another successor.
For more information read our succession policy.
If you would like to apply for a succession to a tenancy, you will need to complete our succession application form.
A secure tenant can collect rent for subletting a room or part of their home with the written permission of their housing officer.
Subletting the whole of the property is social housing fraud. If you suspect fraud please report housing fraud.
If you have any questions about tenancies or tenancy agreements, please contact the Housing Tenancy Team by:
- phone: 01634 333 344 (Monday and Tuesday 9am to 4pm, and Wednesday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm)
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org.