Introductory TenanciesPublished: Wednesday 12 October 2022
Your Questions Answered
From October 1st 2023, all new council tenancies will be Introductory.
This page answers a number of questions about your rights and responsibilities as an Introductory tenant. Please also see ‘You and Your Home’ and your tenancy agreement for further details.
We aim to provide good-quality, affordable and well-managed homes that meet the needs of our tenants.
We can only do this if our tenants pay their rent on time, keep to the terms of their tenancy agreement and treat their neighbours and others living locally with respect. We aim to use Introductory tenancies to ensure we are doing everything we can to encourage people to behave responsibly and to make sure the tenant has all the help and support they need.
What is an Introductory tenancy?
An Introductory tenancy usually lasts for 12 months. It functions much like a trial period, and during this time tenants are effectively on probation.
If there are no problems during the trial period, the tenancy will automatically become a Secure tenancy 12 months after the tenancy started. We may take the decision to extend the Introductory period for a further six months or end the tenancy before it becomes secure. We will always look to support tenants to sustain their tenancy in the first instance.
Introductory tenants have fewer rights than Secure tenants and can be evicted more easily.
What is a Secure tenancy?
A tenancy where the landlord is a local authority is normally a Secure tenancy. A Secure tenancy can only be ended by a landlord obtaining a possession order from court and has additional statutory rights, such as the right to take in a lodger or sub-let, make improvements and the right to buy.
We are here to help you.
This page tells you what happens if there are problems with your Introductory tenancy. This is to show you that we are serious about collecting rent and protecting people from anti-social behaviour.
As an Introductory tenant you will get as much help as a Secure tenant. If you experience anti-social behaviour or have any other problems during your probationary period, we’ll help you in exactly the same way as we would help a Secure tenant.
If you have any questions about your Introductory tenancy, please contact your Neighbourhood officer. They are here to help you.
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