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Assured tenancies with housing associations

Most housing association tenants have assured tenancies. 

Assured tenancies are lifelong tenancies which only end if you:

  • choose to leave

  • get evicted

Some housing associations give new tenants starter or assured shorthold tenancies. You could be evicted more easily from these types of tenancy.

You could have a secure tenancy if it started before 15 January 1989 or you had a secure tenancy from the same housing association before you moved into the home you live in now.

Check your agreement or ask your landlord if you're not sure of your tenancy type.

Passing on an assured tenancy if you die

A housing association tenancy can usually only pass on once to a partner who you live with.

Your assured tenancy can only pass to other family members who you live with if your agreement says this can happen.

Swapping homes or transferring your tenancy

You need permission to:

Right to buy

You do not have the same right to buy as council tenants.

You may have a preserved right to buy your home if it was transferred from the council to a housing association while you were a tenant.

Or you may be able to buy your home under another scheme called the right to acquire.   

Find out about buying your home on GOV.UK.

Rent increases

Housing association rents usually go up every April.

Your landlord usually has to give you 4 weeks' notice of a rent increase.

Repair rights

You have the right to:

Ending your tenancy

You can give a legal 'notice to quit' to end your tenancy.

You must give at least 4 weeks' notice and sometimes you have to give longer.

Ask your landlord about the notice period.

The housing association might let you end your tenancy earlier if you need to.

For example, if you have to leave because of domestic abuse or violence.

Eviction from an assured tenancy

The housing association must give you notice and go to court if they want to evict you.

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

  • have rent arrears

  • are involved in criminal or antisocial behaviour

Last updated: 22 March 2023

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