Secure housing association tenancies
Secure tenants have strong rights and can only be evicted in certain situations.
What is a secure tenancy?
You’re likely to be a secure tenant if you rent from a housing association and either:
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 tenancy has been demoted
you live in supported housing run by a housing association
you are the tenant of a fully mutual housing co-operative
you exchanged tenancies with a housing association assured tenant
your property was transferred from the council to a housing association after 15 January 1989
If you work for the housing association and your home comes with your job, you probably don't have a secure tenancy either.
Protection from eviction
You can normally stay in your home as long as you don’t break the rules of the tenancy.
The housing association must give you notice and get a court order if they want to evict you.
They must have a legal reason or ground for asking you to leave. For example, if you:
have rent arrears
are involved in criminal or antisocial behaviour
The court may allow you to stay if it isn’t reasonable for you to lose your home.
You'll pay rent at a lower rate than most private renters. This is called a fair rent.
Your landlord must follow specific rules to increase your rent.
You should have a written tenancy agreement. Ask for a copy if you don’t have one.
Your agreement will normally explain your rights and responsibilities and give information such as when the rent must be paid.
The housing association can only change the terms in your tenancy if either:
they give you a notice of variation and offer you a chance to respond
You have the right to:
take in a lodger
buy your home if you qualify for the right to buy
exchange properties with another council or housing association tenant
Last updated: 26 September 2019