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Different Tenancies

Housing association starter tenancies

A housing association may give you a starter tenancy as a 12-month trial period at the beginning of your tenancy. You have fewer rights during this time, so you can be evicted more easily.

Key advice

  • Check your starter tenancy has become assured after 12 months

 

What is a starter tenancy?

You probably have a starter tenancy if:

  • your housing association has a policy that all new tenancies will be starter tenancies, or
  • you live in a designated area for starter tenancies, and
  • The length of time specified for the starter tenancy (normally 12 months) has not yet passed

 

Assured tenancies with housing associations

Most housing association tenants have assured tenancies, but you should check your status if you are uncertain. Your rights are different if you have another type of housing association tenancy.

Key advice

  • Know your tenancy status. Assured tenants and assured shorthold tenants have different rights

 

Are you an assured tenant?

You are probably an assured tenant unless:

  • your accommodation is not self-contained
  • your tenancy started before 15 January 1989 (in which case you probably have a secure tenancy)
  • you have been given a starter tenancy for the first year and this hasn't finished yet
  • your tenancy has been demoted because of antisocial behaviour
  • you live in a hostel, housing with support provided, or temporary accommodation arranged for you by the council when you made a homelessness application
  • you work for the housing association and your home comes with your job
  • you have been given a fixed-term tenancy

 

Assured shorthold tenancies with housing associations

Housing associations often provide assured shorthold tenancies. Assured shorthold tenants can be evicted more easily than most other housing association tenants.

Key advice

  • Know your tenancy status. Assured shorthold tenants and assured tenants have different rights

 

Are you an assured shorthold tenant?

You are probably an assured shorthold tenant if:

  • you have a starter tenancy
  • you live in a hostel or supported housing
  • your accommodation was arranged for you by the council when you made a homeless application
  • your secure or assured tenancy has been demoted

 

Secure housing association tenancies

Secure tenants have relatively strong rights in comparison to other housing association tenants. Most people with secure tenancies have been renting their homes since before 1989.

Key advice

  • Know your tenancy status. Secure tenants have strong rights

 

Are you a secure tenant?

You are likely to be a secure tenant if your tenancy started before 15 January 1989.

However, there are some exceptions, for example if:

  • your tenancy has been demoted because of antisocial behaviour
  • you live in a hostel or supported housingrun by a housing association
  • your property was transferred from the council to a housing association via stock transfer
  • you work for the housing association and your home comes with your job
  • you have changed housing association landlords following a mutual exchange (tenancy swap) after 15 January 1989
  • you are the tenant of a housing co-operative or a non-mutual housing association

 

Demoted housing association tenancies

Your housing association can ask the court to demote your tenancy if you behave antisocially. This is an alternative to eviction but means you can be evicted more easily in future.

Key advice

  • Make sure your housing association gives you written details of your reduced rights
  • Be aware that you can be evicted easily if problems continue

 

Do you have a demoted tenancy?

You probably have a demoted tenancy if:

  • you used to have an assured or secure tenancy
  • the housing association got a demotion order from the court
  • less than a year has passed since the order was made

 

 

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