Assured tenancies with housing associations

Find out if you're an assured tenant, what your rights are and when assured tenants can be evicted.

Are you an assured tenant?

You’re probably an assured tenant if your landlord is a housing association. 

It’s a lifelong tenancy which only ends if you leave or are evicted.

When you're not an assured tenant

You won't have an assured tenancy if:

Check your tenancy agreement or ask your housing association if you don't know what type of tenancy you have.

Your rights

Assured tenants have the right to:

You need permission from your housing association to:

You don't usually have the right to buy your home as a housing association tenant. But you may be able to buy your home at a smaller discount under a scheme called the Right to Aquire.   

Rent increases

The housing association must usually 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.

Eviction from an assured tenancy

The housing association must give you notice and get a court order if they want to end your tenancy and evict you.

They must normally prove that you broke the rules of your tenancy. For example, if you're:

  • in rent arrears
  • involved in criminal or antisocial behaviour

In some cases the court can stop or delay an eviction if it's not reasonable for you to lose your home.


Last updated 27 Sep 2019 | © Shelter

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