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Changes to your tenancy

Housing Officer with tenantEnding your tenancy…

If you wish to end your tenancy you must give us a minimum of 28 days’ notice in writing. Alternatively, you can complete and return a tenancy termination form to our office. You can get a form by contacting a member of our team.

Before you leave, you must settle any outstanding rent or any other debt and allow an inspection of the property to be carried out by one of our colleagues.

All tenants’ belongings, including floor coverings and any rubbish must be removed from the house and loft before the tenancy end date. Failure to do so will result in us carrying out work and the cost of this being recharged to you.

Joint tenancies…

You have the right to ask for your tenancy to be put in joint names. To do this, you must write telling us who you want to be a joint tenant with, and when you would like the joint tenancy to begin. The joining tenant must also write to confirm they wish to become a joint tenant.

We will withhold our consent if:

  • We have served notice on you warning that we may seek eviction because of your conduct.
  • We have obtained an order for your eviction.

Joint tenants have an equal and shared responsibility for paying the rent and meeting all other conditions of the tenancy.

Lodgers…

If you want to take in a lodger you must get our written permission. We will need details of who is currently living in your home, who you propose to allow to live there, how much rent you will charge and a copy of the agreement you will use between you and your lodger.

We will consider your request within 28 days and we will reply, telling you if your request has been approved or not.

We will refuse permission if:

  • We have served notice of our intention to raise proceeding against you.
  • We have obtained a court order for your eviction.
  • The change in tenancy would result in the house becoming overcrowded.

If permission is refused, we will tell you the reason for our decision in writing. You can appeal the decision through our complaints procedure if you feel you have been treated unfairly.

Lodgers do not have Scottish Secure Tenancies and we would not be obliged to re-house them under any circumstances.

Assignation…

Assignation is the right to pass on your tenancy to another person. You can only do this if you have our permission. To obtain this, you must write to FHG and tell us who you want to assign the tenancy to and when you want the assignation to take place.

This may be granted if:

  • You leave the house after the assignation.
  • The person you want to assign the tenancy to has lived in the house for 6 months.

Succession…

As a Scottish Secure Tenant, when you die your tenancy can be passed on to another member of your family. Your succession rights can be passed in the following order:

  • To your husband or wife
  • To a joint tenant
  • To a partner of the same sex or co-habitee who lived with you as if you were married, as long as your home has been his or her home for at least 6 months
  • To another adult member of your family provided it has been their principal home
  • To a carer as long as:
    • He or she is aged at least aged 16 at the date of death
    • The house was his or her principal home at the date of death
    • He or she gave up another only principal home before the death of a tenant
    • He or she is providing, or has provided, care for the tenant or a member of the tenant’s family

If your home has been substantially adapted to meet the special needs of someone living in it, and there is a spouse, partner, tenant or co-habitee to succeed to the tenancy, we have the right to terminate the tenancy of family members or carers provided we offer them suitable alternative accommodation.