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Succession

If a tenant dies, other members of the household may be able to take over the tenancy (known as succession). 

  • 12 months residency requirement for all levels except spouse, civil partner or joint tenant
  • Landlord must have been notified that they were living in the property, and the 12 months residency period starts when the Landlord is notified the person applying for succession has moved in.

There are priority levels for succession and we must consider applications in the following order:

Level 1

We will first give priority to the tenant's spouse/civil partner or joint tenant as long as the property was his or her only main home at the time of the tenant's death.  Unmarried partners must meet the aforementioned criteria.  If more than one person qualifies for the tenancy, they must decide between themselves who should apply for succession.  If a mutual decision cannot be made, the Landlord will make the decision.

Level 2

If there is no-one who qualifies at Level 1 or a qualified person declines the tenancy, we then give priority to other members of the tenant's family as long as they are 16 or over and meet the aforementioned criteria. If more than one person qualifies for the tenancy, they must decide between themselves who should apply for succession.  If a mutual decision cannot be made, the Landlord will make the decision.

Level 3

If there is no one who qualifies at Level 2 or a qualified person declines the tenancy, we then give priority to carers who are 16, and meet the aforementioned criteria.  They must have given up their own home to care for the tenant, or a member of the tenant's household. 

A tenancy can only pass on by succession twice.  If your home has been adapted or designed for someone with a special need, a family member or carer can take over the tenancy only if they need the adapted accommodation.  If they can't take over the tenancy because they don't have a special need, we will offer them suitable alternative accommodation.

You can apply to succeed a tenancy using the form below.

Apply to succeed a tenancy

Assigning a tenancy

Assigning your Tenancy is where you pass on your Tenancy, including all of your rights and responsibilities, to another person, known as an assignee.

To qualify the Landlord must have been notified that the assignee has been living in the property for 12 months. The residency period starts when the Landlord is notified that the person applying for assignation has moved in.

To apply for an assignation please complete the below form.

Apply to assign a tenancy

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