An assignment of the tenancy is when you transfer the tenancy or ‘sign over’ all the rights and responsibilities of the tenancy from the original tenant to the new tenant.
If your request for the transfer is due to the death of the current tenant this is called succession. In certain circumstances you may not have automatic rights to succeed. To notify us of the death of a tenant please complete our online form.
Your right to assign your tenancy depends upon the type of tenancy you have and you will need our permission to sign over the tenancy. If you don’t follow the correct procedure, any attempt to assign the tenancy won’t be valid and we may begin eviction proceedings against anyone living in the property.
If you are a secure assured tenant, you can assign your tenancy to a:
The person wishing to take over the tenancy must have lived with you for at least 12 months as their main home.
You do not have the right to assign the tenancy if are a starter tenancy, an assured shorthold tenancy or a demoted tenancy.
We may be willing to transfer the tenancy in other situations but this depends upon your specific circumstance and the reason for your request.
When to consider assigning a tenancy
Assignment of a tenancy may be a good option if:
It is important that your tenancy agreement reflects the people who are responsible for your home. If you are not on the tenancy agreement you will not enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as a named tenant. Similarly, if you leave a property and do not remove your name from the agreement you will still be jointly responsible for such things as rent arrears, even if you are not living there.
Other ways of transferring the tenancy
An assignment is not the only way to transfer the tenancy.
Other ways include:
We would not unreasonably withhold permission to assign the tenancy but in certain circumstances we can refuse permission, if:
Please complete our online form to request a tenancy assignment.
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