Can I give my tenancy to someone else?
If you are a secure tenant you may be able to assign (pass) your tenancy to a family member if you don't want to live in the property any more. You may be able to assign your tenancy to:
- A husband, wife or partner. (including same sex couples and civil partners).
- A son, daughter, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece, who has lived with the tenant for the previous year as their only home. We will need to see evidence of this.
A tenancy cannot be assigned to friends who live in the property.
Introductory tenants cannot assign their tenancy.
We must give permission before a tenancy can be assigned.
Secure tenants have the right to take in lodgers, but introductory tenants do not.
However, there are a few things which must be taken into consideration if you take in a lodger, these are:
- There must not be overcrowding.
- If you receive housing benefit, you must inform the housing benefit team so that they can re-assess your benefit.
- Your lodger will not have security of tenure.
- You will be responsible for legally evicting your lodger if you want them to leave.
- You will be responsible for the behaviour of your lodger and may be liable if they breach any of the terms of your tenancy.