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Types of Tenancy

Types of Tenancy

It's very important to know what kind of tenancy you have, as it can have a big impact on your rights. Housing Associations that are registered with the Housing Corporation have to provide a written tenancy agreement for all new tenants.

  Starter Tenancy

A starter tenancy is a trial tenancy. They are assured shorthold tenancies normally lasting for 1 year. At the end of the starter tenancy you should automatically become an assured tenant.

For more information about starter tenancies, visit the Shelter website.

  Assured Tenancy

An assured tenancy gives you a legal right to live in your home for a period of time. Our tenancy agreement is initially for one week and then continues on a weekly basis. This means that as long as you keep to the terms of the agreement, you have the right to live in the property.

For more information about assured tenancy, visit the Shelter website.

  Secure Tenancy

Secure tenants have relatively stronger rights than other housing association tenants. Spectrum Housing Group has very few secure tenants.  Details of the extra benefits are given in your tenancy Agreement.

For more information about secure tenancies, visit the Shelter website.

  Demoted Tenancies

If you behave antisocially housing associations can demote your tenancy to a less secure type for a certain period of time. A demoted tenancy gives you the same rights as an assured shorthold tenancy.  

For more information about demoted tenancies, visit the Shelter website.

  Joint Tenancy

Joint tenancies are offered to couples or adults wishing to share a home. Each tenant is responsible for meeting the conditions of the tenancy (including paying the rent) and each tenant has exactly the same rights and responsibilities.

For more information about joint tenancy, visit the Shelter website.

  Passing on your Tenancy

In some special circumstances you may be able to pass on your tenancy:

Succession – This is the right of a family member or other specified person to take over the tenancy on the death of the tenant. The rights given in law vary between secure and assured tenants. Western Challenge’s policy is to give the same rights to both secure and assured tenants.

Assignment – This is the legal transfer of interest in a property from one person to another. Assignment can only take place in the following circumstances:

  • By mutual exchange (with a tenant of a housing association or a local authority), with the consent of the landlord
  • By means of Property Adjustment Order under Matrimonial Proceedings
  • By assignment to a person who will be entitled to succeed to the tenancy. This includes assignments from joint to sole tenancies, and applies to both secure and assured tenants.


For more information on ending your tenancy, please see our Ending Your Tenancy leaflet.

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