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.
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
For more information about starter tenancies, visit
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.
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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
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
For more information about demoted tenancies, visit the
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
Passing on your Tenancy
In some special circumstances you may be able to pass on your
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
- 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
Your Tenancy leaflet.