What is a succession?
Succession is where on the death of the tenant a partner, family member or carer would have the right to inherit the tenancy, if they were resident in the house and it was their only or principal home at that time.
Who would qualify?
There are 3 qualifying levels / priorities in determining who should succeed to a tenancy:
1. The first priority is to the surviving spouse, co-habitee of either sex (providing the house has been their principal home for at least 12 months prior to the tenant’s death) or a joint tenant.
If no one qualifies or chooses to succeed from the first priority group:
2. The second priority is to members of the tenant’s family provided they are aged 16 or over and that the house was their only or principal home at the time of the tenant’s death.
If no one qualifies or chooses to succeed from either of the above groups:
3. The third priority is given to a carer who is providing or who has provided care for the tenant or a member of the tenant’s family. The carer must be aged 16 or over and have given up their previous or principal home, to be qualified for succession.
If no one qualifies at level 3 the tenancy will be ended.
Also, when a house has been designed or substantially adapted for the use of persons with special needs, only spouses, co-habitees, same sex partners, joint tenants or persons with special needs can succeed to the tenancy. Other persons who would otherwise be qualified to succeed will have a right to suitable alternative accommodation.
How to apply for succession
Please complete our ‘Application for Succession‘. Our ‘Guide to Succession of Tenancy’ provides detailed information which you may find useful.
How quickly will a decision be made?
Providing we have received all the information we need, you will receive a decision within 28 days of your application being submitted.
What if there is more than one person applying for succession?
In the event of there being more than one qualifying person at any level, the family will be given the opportunity to decide amongst themselves who should succeed. If they are unable to decide then the Association will determine who will succeed to the tenancy. Alternatively, a Joint Tenancy may be considered if appropriate.
What if I don’t agree with the decision?
If we refuse your application, you can ask the Housing Manager to review your application. If you are still not satisfied with this decision you can complain using our complaints procedure. Our refusal reason(s) and details on how to appeal will be included with our letter of refusal.