Types of tenancies
The document you signed when you moved into your home confirms which type of tenancy agreement we have with you. If you’re still not sure, or have any questions or worries, do not hesitate to contact us.
What do the types mean?
Fixed term tenancies have been our most common tenancy types, but we have made a commitment to move away from issuing fixed term agreements, except where it is necessary due to local restrictions.
The majority of our fixed term tenancies are for a five-year period, however some specific tenancies may have a different fixed term period. During the last 12 months of your tenancy, we will check your agreement to review whether its terms and conditions have been met. Before the end of your fixed term, we will contact you to either convert your tenancy to a lifetime agreement, offer you a new tenancy or begin the process to bring the tenancy to an end.
Assured non-shorthold and secure tenancies are sometimes known as ‘Lifetime Tenancies’ because there is no set end date. This type of tenancy would only come to an end if the terms of the agreement was breached and a Court Order was needed.
Assured non-shorthold tenancies are offered to those moving into Sheltered or Extra Care homes. This type of tenancy can also be offered if you can show you currently hold, and have consecutively held, a fully assured or secure tenancy since – or prior to – 1st April 2012.
Secure tenancies are no longer issued. However, you may still hold one if your original tenancy began before January 1989, or you have exchanged homes with someone who holds a secure tenancy.
Assured shorthold tenancies are offered for a minimum of six months and are used for our intermediate and market-rented properties.
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