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15. Succeeding to a tenancy - secure or flexible tenancies after April 2013

For flexible tenancies and secure tenancies that commenced on or after 1 April 2013:

From April 2012 the rules regarding succession have changed. For tenancies that start after this legislation there will only be a statutory right of succession to a spouse or civil partner or cohabitee.

Legislation gives Local Authorities the power to grant additional succession rights. However the Housing Review Board has chosen not to grant additional rights and will adopt the changes in the Localism Act.

From 1 April 2013 for all new EDDC secure and flexible tenancies there will be only a statutory right to succession to a spouse, civil partner or cohabitee.

The rights for tenants with tenancy agreements which started prior to 1 April 2013 will not be changed.