Assured tenants have strong rights and can be evicted only in certain situations.
Are you an assured tenant?
You’re probably an assured tenant if your landlord is a housing association. It’s a life-long tenancy, which will end only if you leave or are evicted.
You won't be an assured tenant if:
- you have a fixed-term assured shorthold tenancy, for example because you live in supported housing
- you're a new tenant and have a starter tenancy
- your tenancy has been demoted because of anti-social behaviour
- your tenancy is secure because it started before 15 January 1989
The housing association must get a court order if it wants to evict you. It has to prove you’ve broken the rules of your tenancy.
For example, if you have more than 2 months' rent arrears, a court would have to make a possession order.
The housing association usually has to give you 4 weeks’ notice in writing before increasing your rent.
From April 2016 housing associations were required to reduce the rent of most tenants by 1% each year until April 2020
You should receive a written tenancy agreement from the housing association that explains your rights and responsibilities.
It will give information such as how much the rent is, when it must be paid and whether you have to pay service charges.
Some housing associations will also provide a tenant’s handbook containing additional information.
You have the right to:
- get repairs done by the housing association
- pass on your tenancy if you die
- exchange properties with another housing association tenant
If you get permission from the housing association first you can:
Still need help?
Get advice if you need more help with an assured tenancy from a housing association.
Last updated 23 Oct 2017 | © Shelter
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