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Assignment: Introductory tenancies

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This section explains the right of assignment for introductory tenancies.

Introductory tenancies were introduced by the Housing Act 1996. See the section on introductory tenancies for more information. Similarly to secure tenancies, introductory tenancies can only be assigned in the following circumstances:[1]

  • by a court order under section 24 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, section 17(1) of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, or Schedule 1 to the Children Act, or
  • by the tenant to someone who would have been entitled to succeed had the tenant died (see the section on succession for more information). These restrictions also apply to a tenancy that is not introductory only because the tenant is not occupying the property as her/his only or principal home.

What the tenancy agreement says about assignment will also be relevant in the same way as for secure tenancies.

It is not possible to mutually exchange a property let on an introductory tenancy.

[1] s.134 Housing Act 1996

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