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Tenancy Changes

Tenancy Changes

There are some instances when you are able to make changes to your tenancy online

These are detailed below

Adding or removing household members

It is important that you keep us up to date with who is living at your property.

This could include the birth of children or other household members moving in or out of the property.

Please use the form below to let us know of any changes. 

Change of name

A change of name does not involve adding or removing the tenant(s) from the tenancy agreement.

A tenant seeking a change of name must complete the name change form and return to your local office. Supporting documentation where it is available, e.g. ‘Change of Name Deed’ or ‘Marriage Certificate’ must also be provided.

The tenant must inform all appropriate agencies, including the local Housing Benefit Authority, of the name change.

On completion of the name change, we will send an acknowledgement letter to the tenant to confirm the change. If the tenant is in arrears the change does not affect any ongoing procedures, including legal action.

A CHANGE OF NAME DOES NOT CREATE A NEW TENANCY

Please use the form below to tell us of any changes.

Succession/survivorship

When a tenant dies, it may be possible for a husband/wife/civil partner, or other family member to take over the tenancy.

This is known as Succession/Survivorship. A person who has succeeded to a tenancy is called a Successor.

Succession can only occur following the death of the tenant. If the deceased person was a joint tenant, the only person who may be able to succeed the tenancy would be the remaining joint tenant.

A succession can only happen once. This means that if the deceased person was a successor (including a previous joint tenant), there cannot be a succession by another family member.

Our policy on succession reflects the legal position and the rights of successors as laid out in the Housing Act 1985.

To apply, you will need to complete the Succession application form and return to your local office along with a copy of the death certificate. Supporting documentation must also be provided to show proof of relationship with tenant and residence for more than 12 months, e.g. utility bills or bank statements.

Once the application has been approved, a succession will be backdated to the date immediately after the tenant’s death. We will send an acknowledgement letter to the successor to confirm the Succession application has been approved.

Please use the form below to tell us of any changes.

Assignment

A “Form of Assignment” application must be completed by all parties to the agreement and returned to your local office. Supporting documentation must also be provided to show proof of residence for more than 12 months, e.g. utility bills or bank statements etc.

The Tenancy Agreement provides Tenants with a contractual right of assignment and all applications will be considered to decide whether the request for assignment is reasonable. Starter Tenants’ have no rights to assign their tenancy.

All Assignments must be approved in writing by your landlord before any changes to the Tenancy take place.

Once the Assignment has been agreed by your landlord

  • The new tenant takes the property in the condition in which it stands at the date of the transfer and accepts liability for any damage caused by the original tenant.
  • The new tenant accepts liability for any arrears of rent as at the date of assignment.
  • If a postponed order for possession is in force at the time of assignment, the name of the new tenant will be substituted in place of the previous tenant on the order.

On completion of the Assignment we will send an acknowledgement letter to the tenant to confirm the change.

AN ASSIGNMENT DOES NOT CREATE A NEW TENANCY

Please use the form below to tell us of any changes.

 

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