Introducing assured tenancies

We’ll soon be introducing assured tenancies for those of you who live in our general needs homes and currently have five-year fixed-term tenancies.

What is an assured tenancy?
Currently, if you are on a five-year fixed-term or 12 month probationary tenancy, you would have a review meeting at the end of this time after which your contract would usually be renewed for a period of five years. With an assured tenancy, your tenancy is ongoing and you could choose to live in the property for as long as you wish provided you abide by the terms of your contract. Should you wish to leave the property, you can do so any time just as you could for a fixed-term tenancy provided you give us at least four weeks’ notice.

Why have we made this decision?
You told us that having an assured tenancy would give you a greater level of security, enable you to put down roots and create genuine communities. Our Resident Promise commits us to listening to residents to develop services that meet your needs, and we hope this initiative is proof that we’re doing just that.

What will happen next?
You don’t need to do anything. If you currently have a five-year tenancy or one-year probationary tenancy, we will be in touch with you when you are coming to the end of your contract to discuss your tenancy. If you are abiding by the terms of your current contract, we will offer you the right to convert that to an assured tenancy.

For most new residents, we’ll offer assured tenancies to those who successfully complete an initial one-year probationary period. There will be no change if you already hold secure or assured tenancies.

If you have any questions, please speak to your housing officer.