Introductory tenancies

For many residents, the problem of nuisance and anti social behaviour has brought about illness or stress. In severe cases it’s caused people to leave their homes and move to other areas. Also, many people are failing to pay their rent or return their housing benefit forms and falling into arrears. This cost is passed on to other tenants.

Derby Homes wants to reverse these trends, make the city a safer place to live, and improve the general quality of life for our residents. To help make this happen, we’ve established Introductory Tenancies.

What is an introductory tenancy?

An introductory tenancy is a temporary or probationary tenancy, that initially lasts for 12 months. If the tenancy is conducted satisfactorily during this period the tenancy will become secure. In certain circumstances we may extend the introductory tenancy for a further 6 months before making it secure.

What rights do introductory tenants have?

Introductory tenancies are not secure tenancies but will have the right of:

  • succession, and
  • repair.

New tenants will not have the same statutory rights as existing tenants. They will not have the right to:

  • the same protection from eviction for any breach of their tenancy agreement
  • buy their council property
  • assign or transfer the tenancy (some exceptions may apply)
  • take in lodgers
  • carry out improvements or mutually exchange with another tenant.

What happens during the 12 month tenancy?

We monitor and report back to tenants on their progress. We’ll serve a formal notice of any minor breaches to their tenancy agreement. Serious breaches will result in Derby City Council ending the tenancy.

What incidents are considered minor breaches?

These may include:

  • littering
  • occasional noise
  • failure to maintain gardens to a satisfactory standard
  • minor damage to the property.

What incidents are considered serious breaches?

These may include:

  • rent arrears
  • violence or threat of violence
  • a risk of damage to a property
  • a substantial number of minor incidents that have continued despite warnings to the tenant
  • harassment that has a seriously detrimental effect on the victim or members of their family
  • use of the property for illegal or immoral purposes, for example drug dealing.

What if the tenant wasn’t causing the breach?

The tenant may be held liable for breaches caused by family members, friends, or visitors to the premises.

Why have introductory tenancies?

We want to encourage people to behave responsibly and in a way that is acceptable to the community. However, introductory tenancies are not an easy way to evict unruly or anti-social tenants.

We have to follow very strict guidelines to ensure fairness and our actions are monitored when dealing with alleged breaches. Every introductory tenant has a right of review to any notice we serve upon them, and, if upheld, a court will make the final decision on ending the tenancy.