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Your rights as a secure tenant

As a secure tenant you have a number of rights, subject to meeting any criteria that apply and getting any permission  you need from us. This page contains a summary of these.

The Right to Exchange your home (with our consent)

Most 'secure' tenants have a legal right to exchange (swap) their home with another tenant.  This is set out in the Housing Act 1985.

For more information please see  Homeswapper - applying for a mutual exchange| 

Our service standard

We will make a decision based on all the facts within 42 calendar days of getting your application, or sooner if possible.

The Right to Succession - passing on your tenancy

If you die, your tenancy may pass on to your husband, wife or civil partner, if they were living with you at the time of your death.  If you are not married or registered as a civil partner, your parther or another member of your family may be able to take over the tenancy if they have been living with you for at least a year.  We call this a ‘succession’ to your tenancy.  Your tenancy can only pass on once. 

Your successor must contact us so that we can check that the succession is legal change the tenancy agreement. 

If your home is not suitable your successor, we may offer them the tenancy of a different home.  This could happen if your home is larger than they need or is suitable for a disabled person and no longer has a disabled persion living there. It would not happen if your spouse or civil partner succeeded. We would not consider such action for other successors until 6 months after your death.

If there is a dispute over whether it is reasonable for your successor to move, we may ask the courts to resolve this. 

If you need any help or advice, please contact us|

Our service standard

We will normally make a decision based on all the facts within 28 calendar days of receiving your application for succession, or sooner if possible. 

The right to be consulted

You have the right to be consulted on housing decisions that affect you.. For more information on this and other ways to get involved in the management of your home please go to our Getting Involved| webpage.

Our services standards

We will consult you about any major changes in the service you get from us, and will:

  • normally give you at least 28 days to consider the change
  • and your views into account before making a final decision or any recommendations to the City Council as your landlord.
     

The Right to Repair

You have the right to have some urgent repairs done to your home within target times set by government, if they pose a risk to your health, safety or security. 

For more information look at the Repairs| webpage or your Repairs Handbook.| 

The Right to Compensation for Improvements (when you end your tenancy)

You have the right in some circumstances to get compensation for improvements you make to your home with our permission. 

For more information look at the Improving Your Home| webpage, our Improving your home leaflet| .

The Right to take in lodgers

If you have a spare room in your home and wish to take in a lodger, you can do this, if you don't illegally overcrowd your home.  You do not have to ask our permission. 

If you get Housing Benefit, it will make a difference to the amount of benefit you get. Please tell the City Council’s Benefits Office at the Docks. 

For further advice please contact us|.

The Right to Assign (with our consent)

You may be able to pass on (‘assign’) your tenancy during your lifetime, to any person who would be eligible to succeed to your home if you died. Your tenancy may also be assigned by a court order as part of divorce proceedings. For further advice on your right to assign please contact us|

Our service standard

We will make a decision based on all the facts within 28 calendar days of receiving your application to assign, sooner if possible. 

For further advice please contact us|.

The Right to sublet your home

If you want to sub-let part of your home to another person, you must get our permission first.

Our service standard

We will make a decision based on all the facts within 28 calendar days of receiving your application to assign, sooner if possible.  

The Right to Manage

You have the right in certain circumstances to take over the management of your home. This usually involves a group of tenants wishing to take over the management of their block or estate. Please see our Getting involved| web pages for further information on getting involved. 

For further advice please contact us|

The Right to Buy your home

If you have been a tenant for two years or more, or five years if your tenancy started after 25 January 2005, you probably have the right to buy your home, unless you: 

  • have breached a suspended possession order on your home 
  • are an undischarged bankrupt or have made an a composition or arrangement with your creditors, the terms of which remain unfulfilled, or
  • live in a sheltered housing scheme or elderly persons accommodation, or a home designed for a disabled person
  • live in a home that is due to be demolished. 

You will also get a discount on the purchase price, depending on the length of your tenancy. 

For further advice please contact us and ask for the Right to Buy| leaflet.

Select this link to download our leaflet Your secure tenancy rights.|