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Your Tenancy

The Tenancy Agreement is a contract between the Council and the tenant.  It is signed by the tenant(s) and a council officer when the tenancy starts, and it is only valid for the people named on it.  It includes a list of responsibilities for both the tenant and the Council to prevent a breach of the contract.  This is a very important legal document so you must make sure you do not lose it.

There are a range of tenancy types and lengths, but all are based on the secure tenancy agreement. Some new tenants may be given an introductory tenancy. This runs for the first year and will automatically convert to a secure tenancy provided there is no breach of the terms of the tenancy.

Examples of a breach could be:

  • Non-payment of rent

  • Nuisance and anti-social behaviour

  • Damage to the property or unauthorised alterations

  • Non-Occupation

You may need to show a tenancy agreement when you sign up for a gas or electricity supply or when you need to redirect your mail.

If a lose my tenancy agreement, can I request a new one? Toggle accordion

If you lose your tenancy agreement you cannot sign a new one, but we may be able to provide you with a copy. 

How do I know if I have breached my Tenancy Agreement? Toggle accordion

If you are in breach of the Tenancy Agreement we will contact you to discuss, either by phone, letter, email or visit you your home.

Can I transfer my tenancy if I no longer want to be a Council Tenant? Toggle accordion

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 an Assignment

Can I add my partner or another family member as a Joint Tenant? Toggle accordion

There is no legal right to a joint tenancy and it is the policy of the Council not to award a joint tenancy unless it is in our interest to do so however you can complete an additional household member application which a copy will go onto your tenancy file.

You can also find out more on our Joint tenancies page.

Your tenancy is managed by the Neighbourhood Management Team and if you have any queries or concerns, you can contact your Housing Officer by using MyStAlbans