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6. Tenancy types and conditions - demoted tenancy

Where there have been incidents of antisocial behaviour we will go to court to obtain a demoted tenancy. Demoted tenancies will usually last for one year.

Where a secure tenancy is demoted and the demotion period completed successfully, the demoted tenancy will automatically become a secure tenancy.

Where a flexible tenancy is demoted and the demotion period completed successfully, the demoted tenancy will also automatically become a secure tenancy. If a flexible tenancy is required, we must serve a notice on the tenant prior to the end of the demotion period, informing them that the tenancy is to be a flexible tenancy and specifying the length of the fixed term and other express terms of the tenancy.

The length of the fixed term after the demotion period has ended will be determined as set out under the section on flexible tenancies.

Demoted tenants do not have the same rights as secure tenants.

For example they do not have:

  • the right to exchange
  • the right to succession
  • the right to take in lodgers
  • the right to sublet.

 Also the Right to Buy is suspended until the tenancy is no longer demoted. The time spent as a demoted tenant does not count towards any discount.