Types of tenancy

From September 2014, all new tenants were given introductory and flexible tenancies with the exception of older people moving into sheltered accommodation.

Introductory tenancies

Introductory tenancies run for the first 12 months of occupation. They are effectively a trial period, before automatically becoming flexible tenancies, unless proceedings have commenced to end the tenancy.

Flexible tenancies

Flexible tenancies are expected to last for five years but can be renewed for further five year periods if the tenant still needs social housing and their present home meets the requirements of their household. The expectation is that the majority of tenancies will to be renewed, unless the tenants' circumstances have changed.

Change of circumstances

If circumstances have changed, tenants may be asked to move to another more suitable home, for example, if a single person is living in a family-sized home.

The reasons why a new tenancy may not be re-issued are explained in the Tenancy Policy.

Reviews will be carried out 6-9 months before a tenancy is due to end, so that tenants will have plenty of notice and time to get help and advice.

Secure tenants

The introduction of introductory and flexible tenancies will not affect existing tenants who currently hold a secure (lifetime) tenancy.

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