This page is targeted at housing professionals. Our main site is at

Assignment and succession: Assured tenancies

This content applies to England

The rules on assignment and succession for assured tenancies.

Assignment is the transfer of an interest in a property (eg a tenancy) to another person. Assignment, with the consent of the landlord, is possible in certain circumstances for some assured tenancies.[1] For more information see Assured/assured shorthold tenancies in the section on Assignment.

Succession is the transfer of a property from the tenant to the spouse or civil partner or member of the family upon the tenant's death. There is provision for one statutory succession to an assured tenancy if certain conditions are fulfilled.[2] For further details see Assured tenancies in the section on Succession.

[1] s.15 Housing Act 1988.

[2] s.17 Housing Act 1988 as amended by Sch.8 Civil Partnership Act 2004.

Back to top