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Tenancy options

Are you interested in renting one of our homes, but not sure where to start with different tenancy types? Here's all the information you need to know.

Starter Tenancy

A Starter Tenancy will be granted to all new customers in general needs and sheltered housing accommodation, unless immediately prior to a tenancy being offered, the applicant held an Assured or Secure Tenancy which commenced before 1 April 2012 (please note that if the applicant is an existing customer, they’ll retain security of tenure.) This is a probationary tenancy, which runs for 12 months. After this time, it then converts to an Assured Tenancy, providing that no legal action has been taken against you to end your tenancy or extend the probationary period. 

Assured/Secure Tenancy

Our existing customers who currently hold an Assured or Secure Tenancy will retain security of tenure and remain on this tenancy type if they transfer to another of our properties. New customers in general needs and sheltered housing accommodation who immediately prior to a tenancy being offered held an Assured or Secure Tenancy that commenced before 1 April 2012 will also be offered an Assured or Secure Tenancy. This is also the tenancy that you’ll convert to if you’ve successfully completed the 12-month probationary Starter Tenancy. 

Assured Shorthold Tenancy 

We'd use this type of tenancy, for example, for homes in which we manage for another landlord or agency which we enter into an agreement for a specific period of time. This type of tenancy enables us to end your tenancy by obtaining a court order for possession on one of the grounds listed in Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988. We’ll also issue Assured Shorthold Tenancies for your Rent to Home Buy products. 

Equitable Assured Shorthold Tenancy 

We'd use this tenancy if you're under the age of 18. This is because, in law, someone under 18 cannot hold a legal interest in land. A Trustee will hold the legal estate for you until you reach 18 years of age. On your 18th birthday, the Trustee will automatically fall away, and the legal estate will become yours.

Protected Assured Tenancy

You have this tenancy if you've transferred to the Group under a Large Scale Voluntary Transfer and enjoy preserved rights as existed with the previous Tenancy Agreement. These are no longer issued but are in existence.

Choice based lettings

We don’t hold waiting lists for our homes. This means that anyone who’s looking for a home needs to register with their local council via their chosen nomination scheme – for example, Choice Based Lettings.

Please be aware, however, that registering for your local council’s housing list doesn’t guarantee that you’ll end up living in one of our homes.

We also reserve the right to use fast-track lettings through methods such as Rightmove for some of our homes. This won’t affect our legal requirements for the number of homes made available to local councils for their housing lists.

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