About Your Tenancy Agreement

Although we manage your home, your property is still owned by the Council. This means that by law, you are a council tenant.

When you moved into your property, you signed a tenancy agreement. This is a legally binding document that sets out your rights and responsibilities. It also sets out the Council’s rights and responsibilities, which have been passed to us to manage on their behalf.

A copy of the tenancy agreement can be found here to find out more about the changes and additions.

We use three types of tenancy:

  • Introductory
  • Secure
  • Demoted

If you have been a tenant for less than 12 months, you will probably be an introductory tenant.

You will have fewer rights as an introductory tenant. For example you will not be able to:

  • Apply to buy your property (although the period you are an introductory tenant will apply to any discount); 
  • Vote for a change to a new landlord; 
  • Sublet your property; or
  • Transfer your tenancy to someone else.

In some circumstances we may let you: 

  • Take in a lodger; 
  • Make alterations or improvements to your home; or 
  • Apply to exchange your home.

As long as there are no problems during the first 12 months of your tenancy, you will automatically become a secure tenant. You then get the full legal rights of a secure tenant.

If you have been a tenant for at least 12 months you are likely to be a secure council tenant.

We can ask the Courts to change your secure tenancy to a demoted tenancy if you cause anti social behaviour. This means you will only have the same rights as an introductory tenant. If a Court grants a demoted tenancy, this will last for a period of 12 months.

If you are not sure which agreement you have, contact us.

For more information on the standard of service you can expect, click here.

If you have an Assured Tenancy or an Assured Shorthold Tenancy with Six Town Housing, the terms of your tenancy are different. Please contact us for further information