Transferring your tenancy

You can assign your tenancy to a spouse, or civil partner and in certain circumstances you may also be able to assign it to a family member.  If you wish to apply to assign your tenancy please contact your neighbourhood Housing Officer and download this application form.

You can also transfer your tenancy if you have successfully applied for a mutual exchange.

In all cases you must receive our permission in writing for the tenancy transfer to be legally binding.

Tenancy succession

When you die, your tenancy can pass to your partner or a family member who was living with you. This is called ‘succession’.

When one joint tenant dies, the tenancy automatically passes to the joint tenant who is still alive.

Who qualifies for succession?

If you are a sole tenant whose tenancy began before 1 April 2012 and you have no husband, wife or partner when you die, the tenancy may pass to a qualifying family member who lived with you for 12 months prior to your death. This must have been their main home.

Qualifying family members include:

  • parents
  • grandparents
  • children
  • grandchildren
  • brothers
  • sisters
  • uncles
  • aunts
  • nephews or nieces.

If your tenancy began on or after 1 April 2012 your may only pass your tenancy onto a spouse or partner.

There can only be one succession for each tenancy. This means that if you succeeded to the tenancy, you will not be able to pass on your tenancy to someone else in this way.

If you are a family member other than a husband, wife or partner who succeeds to the tenancy, we may offer you alternative accommodation if the property:

  • is too big for your current needs
  • has been adapted for a disabled person to use and you are not disabled.

If we agree to a succession, the original tenancy will continue and there is no need to sign a new agreement.

The person who inherits your tenancy will have the same rights as you and must also pay any rent you owe.

Click here for a Tenancy Succession form.