Joint Tenancy

You have the right to request a joint tenancy with one other person. To add a joint tenant to a tenancy, the person you wish to
add as a joint tenant must have lived at the property as their only or principle home during the 12 months immediately prior to your
application to add a joint tenant. We must have been notified in writing of the person living in the property, as the 12 month residency period does not start until we have been notified.

Joint Tenants have equal responsibility for keeping the conditions of the tenancy. The law calls this “joint and several responsibility”. For example, each joint tenant can be held responsible for paying the rent in full. A joint tenancy can be created more than once. We will not allow a joint tenancy if the house would be overcrowded. You must get our permission before someone moves into the house to live with you.

You and the other person(s) wishing to become joint tenant(s) should request a Joint Tenancy application.

We will make sure that all the applicants will be living in the house as their home. We will check:

  • There is no legal action being taken against you or the proposed applicant.
  • You do not owe us any money.
  • Your home will not be overcrowded.
  • That the proposed applicant has not been responsible for any anti-social behaviour.
  • That we have not obtained a court order to end your tenancy.

We will reply within one month.

If we give our permission, we will make arrangements for the tenancy agreement to be signed by all the new Joint Tenants.

By law the Association cannot refuse permission without a good reason and we will always tell you our reasons for refusing. We must give you a decision within 1 month. 

You have a right to terminate your joint tenancy at any time. You must give us at least 28 days notice. You can write a letter to us, or use the form we have. You must give the other joint tenants notice of your termination of tenancy and you must get the agreement of any other joint tenants, or your partner or spouse.

If you leave the house and you do not end your tenancy, we can serve a notice on you giving you notice that we plan to end your tenancy. You must contact us within 28 days of the date we give notice to you. If you do not contact us, we will serve another notice on you, giving a final warning that we plan to end your tenancy. 28 days later, your tenancy will end.