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3. Tenancy types and conditions - introductory tenancies

Introductory tenancy

Generally all tenants new to East Devon District Council are initially given an introductory tenancy. However tenants transferring from another social landlord may go onto either a secure or flexible tenancy. This does not apply to tenants given temporary accommodation who will be given a non secure tenancy.

Introductory tenancies usually last for twelve months from the tenancy start date but in certain circumstances (see 3.1.5 below) an introductory tenancy can be extended.

Before the start of the introductory tenancy, tenants will be told which kind of tenancy (secure or flexible) they will be granted at the end of the introductory period.

After the introductory period the tenancy automatically becomes either a secure tenancy or a flexible tenancy, unless we have begun proceedings to end the tenancy (served notice) due to a breach of the tenancy agreement.

Breaches of the tenancy conditions, and reasons why an introductory tenancy may be extended for a period, include rent arrears; antisocial behaviour; damage to the property; noise nuisance; and failure to maintain gardens. 

Introductory tenants have most of the same rights as secure or flexible tenants but there are some rights that they do not have. They do not have right to; take in lodgers; sublet part of the home; make any improvements to the property; be compensated for any improvements to the property; or exchange their home with another tenant.

Introductory tenants do not have the Right to Buy their property, but the period spent as an introductory tenant will count towards the qualifying period for the Right to Buy.