Secure housing association tenancies

Secure tenants have strong rights and can be evicted only in certain situations.

What is a secure tenancy?

You’re likely to be a secure tenant if:

  • your tenancy started before 15 January 1989
  • you had a secure tenancy in a different property owned by the same housing association before then


You probably don't have a secure tenancy if:

  • your property was transferred from the council to a housing association
  • your tenancy has been demoted
  • you live in a hostel or supported housing run by a housing association
  • you have changed housing association landlords following a mutual exchange (tenancy swap) after 15 January 1989
  • you are the tenant of a housing co-operative or a non-mutual housing association

If you work for the housing association and your home comes with your job, you probably don't have a secure tenancy either.

Use our tool to check your tenancy type

Key features

Protection from eviction

You have strong protection from eviction and can stay in your home as long as you don’t break the rules of the tenancy.

The housing association must have a legal reason – or ground – to evict you from your home, such as rent arrears or antisocial behaviour. They must also get a court order.

Fair rent

You’ll pay a fair rent that's lower than a market rent. There are rules about how and when the rent can be increased.

Find out more about fair rents from GOV.UK

Tenancy agreement

Check the written tenancy agreement you should have received from your housing association for more information on your rights. Ask for a copy if you didn’t get one.

The housing association can’t usually change the terms of your contract without your agreement. It may contain information that's specific to your tenancy, such as landlord and tenant responsibilities.

Your rights

You have the right to:

Use the housing association's official complaints procedure if you feel that it isn't treating you fairly or has failed to fulfil its responsibilities.

Last updated 10 Oct 2017 | © Shelter

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