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Assignment of tenancy

In certain limited circumstances a secure or flexible tenant can pass on their tenancy to another member of their household during their lifetime. This is known as assignment.

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You can only do this in the following circumstances:

  • If you find another tenant to swap homes with.  This is known as mutual exchange. A move cannot take place without our permission.  To find out more information please check our Mutual Exchange page.  If you would like to apply for a Mutual Exchange, you will need to submit your application on HomeSwapper
  • By an order from the court following relationship breakdown or orders relating to children.
  • With our permission by completing an assignment application, you can transfer your tenancy to someone who would have succeeded in the event of your death. We will not give permission where it would result in under occupation.

If approved the tenant assigning their tenancy will no longer have any rights or responsibilities regarding the property, so serious consideration should be given to any future consequences prior to making an application

You can download an application form below -

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We aim to process all assignment applications within 21 days and we will write to you and inform you of the decision.

If your application is approved both the assignor and the assignee (person taking over the tenancy) will be invited in to the Council offices to sign a Deed of Assignment.

If your application is refused and you wish to challenge the decision, we will refer your case to the Housing Review Panel.

You can also seek independent legal advice through a solicitor, Citizens Advice or Shelter.