Your council tenancy - the legal stuff

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Right to buy

Right to Buy legislation:

On 26 May 2015 the Qualifying Period reduced from 5 years to 3 years. 

On 06 April 2019 the Maximum Discount Cap is increasing from £80,900 to £82,800

Further information about the Right to Buy

Date of last review: 24 January 2019

In this section

Your right to buy scheme logo - house with wording Right to Buy your council house

Information on the Right to Buy and what you need to know

Joint tenancies

If you are already a Council tenant and want to add someone to your tenancy, you will need to apply for a joint tenancy.

Assignment of tenancy

In general a secure tenant may not assign his or her tenancy (Section 92 (1) of the Housing Act 1985).

Tenancy Agreement

A specimen tenancy agreement issued to all new tenants from 1st April 2013.

Council home exchange

Council home exchange

Succession of tenancy

Section 87 of the Housing Act 1985 sets out who may succeed to a Secure tenancy.

Lodger requests

We will generally grant permission for lodgers provided the property will not be statutorily overcrowded as defined under the Housing Act 1985.

Absence from property

It is an obligation of your secure tenancy that you notify us if you will be away from your property for 3 months or longer.


How and when you may be evicted from your council home

Tenancy offer

The Council makes every effort to allocate properties as quickly as possible once they become vacant.

Introductory tenancies

Introductory tenancies

Unauthorised occupation, council homes

Information on unauthorised occupation of council homes

Ending a tenancy

Let us know when you are planning to move and what your new address will be so that we can agree a date when the tenancy will cease.

Housing Policies

Below is a list of Housing Policies