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What is meant by a lifetime tenancy and how you can achieve it


LifetimetenancyA lifetime tenancy, a forever home – seems too good to be true, but it really does exist.

One of the greatest concerns of renters in the private sector is that their tenancy is insecure or too short for their needs. Even good tenants who abide by the terms of their tenancy agreement can find themselves at risk of eviction. The circumstances of private landlords can change quickly which could result in them selling their assets. A social landlord on the other hand is focused on helping people to hold onto their homes. Indeed, Accent Housing has a team of Tenancy Sustainability Officers whose remit it is to help tenants whose fortunes may have changed or are in need of extra support.

Accent Housing offers lifetime tenancies on most rental properties but these are only available to tenants on successful completion of a Starter Tenancy.

What is a Starter Tenancy?

A Starter Tenancy is a probationary term agreement which usually lasts for 12 months but may be extended. This arrangement helps Accent to determine that a tenant is able to meet the rent and abide by the terms of the agreement. Successful completion of this usually leads to an offer of an Assured Tenancy.

What is an Assured Tenancy?

This is the ideal arrangement for a tenant because an Assured Tenancy doesn’t have an end date and so technically a tenancy for life. The Assured Tenancy provides that all important security of tenure. As long as a tenant abides by their agreement, they have the ‘Right to Occupy’, which means the right occupy the property without interruption or interference from the Association (other than for activities specified in the agreement).

Benefits of an Assured Tenancy

Residents have the rights of:

  • Mutual exchange:
    Option to apply to swap homes with another social housing or local authority tenant.
  • Succession:
    On the death of a sole tenant (who is not a successor), the tenancy can be passed to the tenant’s spouse or family member, provided he or she occupies the property as a principal home at the time of the tenant’s death.
  • Repairs:
    Emergency and non-emergency repair call-out.
  • Home improvement:
    Improvements can be made but must be approved via written consent. Approval will be conditional on work being carried out to an agreed standard.
  • Information:
    Right to information about the terms of the tenancy, repairing obligations as well as policies and procedures on consultation, housing allocations and transfers. Also information on the breakdown of rent, service charge and any other charges levied.

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