If a tenant dies, other members of the household may be able to take over the tenancy (known as succession). There are priority levels for succession and we must consider applications in the following order:
We will first give priority to the tenant's partner (the person they were married to or lived with as if they were married) or joint tenant as long as the property was his or her only main home at the time of the tenant's death. Unmarried partners must have lived in the home for at least six months before the tenant died. If more than one person qualifies for the tenancy, they must decide between themselves who should get it. If they can't agree, we will decide.
If there is no-one who qualifies at Level 1 or a qualified person declines the tenancy, we then give priority to other members of the tenant's family as long as they are 16 or over and the property was their only or main home at the time of the tenant's death. If more than one person qualifies for the tenancy, they must decide between themselves who should get it. If they can't agree, we will decide.
If there is no one who qualifies at Level 2 or a qualified person declines the tenancy, we then give priority to carers who are 16 or over as long as the property was their only or main home at the time of the tenant's death, and they gave up their own home to care for the tenant or a member of the tenant's household. A tenancy can only pass on by succession twice. If your home has been adapted or designed for someone with a special need, a family member or carer can take over the tenancy only if they need the adapted accommodation. If they can't take over the tenancy because they don't have a special need, we will offer them suitable alternative accommodation.
You can apply to succeed a tenancy using the form below.
Assigning your Tenancy is where you pass on your Tenancy, including all of your rights and responsibilities, to another person, known as an assignee. To qualify, the person you want to assign your tenancy to must have resided at your address as their principal home for at least six months prior to your application and must be able to provide documented proof of this.
Examples of proof (dated at least six months previous to this application) are:
• Bank statements
• Letters from official government agencies
• Correspondence from Employers
This is not exhaustive. Please contact your Housing Officer for further guidance.