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Your tenancy agreement

Tenancy AgreementGetting advice

Your tenancy agreement is the document you sign when you become a tenant of a Fife Housing Group home. It is a legal agreement and means you must abide by certain terms and conditions designed to ensure you, your neighbours and community can enjoy living in your home.

If your tenancy started on or after 30 September 2002 it will be a’ Scottish Secure Tenancy’. Tenancies signed before this date begin on the day you moved into your home, as stated on your Tenancy Agreement.

Occupation of your property

Your Fife Housing Association property is your home and you should be able to live there without interruption or interference from us.

However, it is also important that you comply with the conditions you have signed up to in your Tenancy Agreement.

First and foremost you are required to live in and look after your home. If you need to go away for a lengthy period, it is essential you let us know in writing who will hold the key in emergencies and how the rent will be paid.

We will only request access to your home if there is a good reason. You will usually be given a minimum of 24 hours notice, unless there is an emergency and we need to gain access immediately for health and safety reasons. In such cases, the police will also be informed.

Sustaining a satisfactory tenancy

We want to provide you with a home where you feel happy, safe and secure. Your tenancy agreement gives you ‘security of tenure.’ This means your tenancy will continue for as long as you comply with the conditions by paying your rent regularly, looking after your home and respecting your neighbours’ rights to peaceful enjoyment of their homes.

If you do not comply with the conditions of your Tenancy Agreement, as a last resort it may be necessary for us to seek to end your tenancy. We can only do this by obtaining an order from the court. We would strongly advise you to seek legal advice if this occurs.

More details on ending a tenancy can be found in section 6 of your Tenancy Agreement.

Short Scottish Secure Tenancies

Some of our tenants sign a Short Scottish Secure Tenancy agreement. This means the tenancy can be brought to an end if Fife Housing Association serves a Notice of Proceedings because you are not complying with the conditions of your Tenancy Agreement. More details of this can be found in your Tenancy Agreement.

Lead Tenancy

A Lead Tenancy is a form of temporary accommodation. It is usually given to tenants who need support to prepare them for the responsibilities of a permanent tenancy.