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Policy Tenancy policy

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4. Tenancy types and conditions - secure tenancy

Most of our tenants will have a secure tenancy. To end this type of tenancy we must get a possession order from the courts.

The reasons why we may seek to get a possession order would include:

  • the tenant refusing to pay rent or accruing large rent arrears
  • misuse of the property by either the tenant, a member of their family, or visitors
  • the tenant not living in the property as their principal home.

Under the Housing Act 1985 secure tenants have a number of rights which include:

  • the right of succession
  • the right of assignment in certain cases
  • the right to take in lodgers and sublet part of the property
  • the right to request a transfer to alternative accommodation
  • the right to exchange their home with another council or housing association tenant
  • the right to information
  • the right to be consulted and involved
  • the right to make improvements to their home
  • the right to compensation for improvements
  • the right to repair
  • the Right to Buy in certain cases.