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Tenant assignment rights

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Tenants' rights to pass on their public and private sector tenancies.

The law differs depending on the type of tenancy, and before reading this section, it would be useful to refer to other parts of the Security of tenure section.

The transfer of a tenancy when the tenant dies is known as a succession. See the section on Succession for more information.

When the tenant grants a further tenancy to another person, this is known as a subtenancy. See the section on Subtenancies for more information.

Assigning a tenancy

Definition of assignment, and the requirements for assigning a tenancy 

Right to assign

A tenant's right to assign their tenancy. 

Assignment rules for secure, flexible and demoted tenancies

Information about assignment of secure, flexible and demoted tenancies. 

Assignment rules for introductory tenancies

This section explains the right of assignment for introductory tenancies. 

Assignment rules for regulated tenancies

Assignment for tenancies regulated under the Rent Act 1977, covering protected, protected shorthold and statutory tenancies in the private rented sector 

Assignment rules for assured, assured shorthold, and demoted tenancies

Information about assignment of assured, assured shorthold and demoted tenancies. 

Assignment rules for agricultural tenancies

This section explains the right of assignment for agricultural tenancies. 

Assignment rules for mobile homes

This section looks at the rules of assignment for mobile home occupiers. 

Arrears and assignment

Whether an assignee is liable for rent arrears accrued by the former tenant, and whether the original tenant is liable for rent arrears accrued after assignment. 

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