Types of tenancy

Your rights and responsibilities depend on the type of tenancy you have.

Your tenancy agreement is a legal document that tells you all the rules about living in your property.

Starter tenancy

New housing association tenants may be offered a starter tenancy. These usually last 12 months and are like a ‘trial’ period.

You become an assured or fixed term tenant after 12 months, unless your housing association has either:

  • started action to evict you
  • extended your starter tenancy

Assured and fixed-term tenancies

At the end of your starter tenancy you’ll be offered either:

  • an assured tenancy - meaning you can normally live in your property for the rest of your life
  • a fixed-term tenancy - usually lasting for at least 5 years (your landlord will decide whether it’s renewed)

You rights may include:

  • buying your home
  • having your home repaired
  • swapping your home with another council or housing association tenant

Ending your tenancy

Your tenancy can be ended if:

  • you give the housing association 4 weeks’ notice in writing
  • the housing association evicts you
  • you transfer your tenancy to someone else or swap homes
  • the housing association needs to move you (eg to redevelop your property) - it should offer you a new property