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Tenancies that cannot be introductory

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Tenancies that cannot be introductory, and the situations in which a tenancy would cease to be introductory during the trial period.

Introductory tenancies may only be granted by local authority landlords and housing action trusts.

Tenancies that cannot be secure

The circumstances under which a tenancy cannot be secure also apply to introductory tenancies.

Tenancies granted to secure or assured tenants

Some tenancies become secure (or flexible) from the outset, even where an introductory tenancy scheme is in operation. These are tenancies granted (solely or jointly) to someone who, immediately beforehand, was either a secure (or flexible) tenant of any local authority or housing action trust, or an assured tenant (but not an assured shorthold tenant) of a private registered provider of social housing.[1]

Tenancies that cease to be introductory during the trial period

There are situations where the tenancy can cease to be introductory during the trial period:[2]

  • a possession order is enforced or the possession proceedings are dismissed
  • there is a change in circumstances that would otherwise make the tenancy non-secure, eg the tenant ceases to live in the property as her/his only or principal home or has sublet the whole of the property (see the section on Secure tenancies for more information)[3]
  • the property is transferred to a landlord that is not a local authority or housing action trust
  • the local authority or housing action trust decides to stop granting introductory tenancies
  • the tenant dies and there is no one entitled to succeed to the tenancy.

[1] s.124(2) Housing Act 1996.

[2] ss.125(5) and 130(2) Housing Act 1996.

[3] s.81 Housing Act 1985 and s.125(5)(a) Housing Act 1996.

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