Your Tenancy

Tenancy Agreements form the contractual basis between landlord and tenant. The Tenancy Agreement sets out the Council’s rights and responsibilities as a Landlord as well as the tenant’s rights and responsibilities. We review Tenancy Agreements on a regular basis to take account of changes to legislation.

Having an up to date and comprehensive Tenancy Agreement in place ensures that the tenants are fully aware of their rights and obligations.

A consultation letter outlining the proposed new Tenancy Agreement was sent to all tenants and responses were invited.

Key Changes

Replacement of tenancy handbooks

Producing the Tenant's Handbook and Repairs Handbook is expensive and the content quickly becomes out of date. We have included more information in the Tenancy Agreement so tenants only have to refer to one document as well as information on our website.

Succession

This changes the legal right to succession of any new tenants from April 2012 to a spouse or partner; including same sex partners. However, the succession rights of all existing tenants will not change provided that there has been no previous succession to the tenancy and the succeeding family member has resided at the property for 12 months prior to the death of the tenant.

Housing Fraud

The new Tenancy Agreement will require photograph identification of new tenants, supporting the Council’s efforts to eliminate housing fraud.

Pets

This section has been amended to encourage responsible pet ownership.

Click on the ‘Tenancy Agreement’ link on the right hand side of this page for a copy of the full agreement.

If you have any questions about the changes please contact us on 01332 888777.