Types of tenancies
Secure and introductory tenancies
All of our tenancies are either secure, non-secure or introductory tenancies. If you are a new tenant you will become an introductory tenant for the first year of your tenancy. If there are no problems during this time, your tenancy will automatically become secure. If there are problems we may extend this for six more months or apply to the court to remove you from your home.
We will visit all introductory tenants after 6 weeks, 6 months and 9 months before we will grant a secure tenancy, to make sure the tenancy has been conducted satisfactorily.
Introductory and secure tenancies receive the same services but introductory tenants have fewer rights.
Where two or more tenants are housed together and have a joint tenancy agreement they are jointly and individually responsible for the tenancy conditions. This means that:
- Each tenant is responsible for paying the rent on time.
- If one tenant breaks the tenancy conditions the others can be held responsible.
- If one tenant dies, the tenancy is automatically transferred to the surviving tenant(s), providing there has not been a previous succession.
- If one person leaves and ends the tenancy, then the tenancy ends for all.
- If one of the tenants leaves they must let us know.
We may issue a temporary tenancy to occupy a property for about 28 days whilst assessing a homeless application.
Ending your tenancy
If you want to end your tenancy, you must give us at least four weeks notice, in writing and tell us the address you are moving to before you move out.
Change of circumstances
If your circumstances or those of a joint tenant change, for instance if you change your name, if you get married or divorced or if someone has moved out, please contact us on 01476 406080 to let us know. We will tell you what you need to do.
Are you looking to downsize?
Is your home too much to manage? We are always in need of family accommodation. If you are considering moving to a smaller home we may be able to help you find something more suitable.