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Tenants' obligations

As a council tenant you have obligations and responsibilities, which you must keep to - these are explained below. More details can also be found in your Tenancy Agreement. 

Repairs

You must report any faults or damage to the Council immediately.

You must pay for repair or replacement if damage is caused deliberately or through your neglect.

You must allow council workers reasonable access to your property to inspect and carry out work necessary to complete repairs.

Your home

You are responsible for the behaviour of every person living in or visiting your home. You are responsible for them in your home, communal areas and in the neighbourhood around your home.

You or your visitors must not cause a nuisance or disturbance to any other person.

You or your visitors must not harass any other person.

You or your visitors must not damage, deface or put graffiti on council property.

Moving home

In order to move to another council property or to do a mutual exchange, you must not owe any rent and your property and garden must be in good condition. If you have made improvements or alterations without written permission, you may have to return the home to the way it was before.

Joint tenancies

Under certain circumstances, it is possible for two people to become joint tenants.

Contact the Estate Management Team for more information. Contact details are in the panel on the right of this page. 

Succession

If a tenant dies and there has not already been a succession, the tenancy of their home will pass automatically to their spouse. It may also pass to a partner or another near relative providing they have been living in the property continuously for the previous twelve months. This is known as succession.
 
Contact the Estate Management Team for more information. Contact details are in the panel on the right of this page.

Periods of absence from your home

If you are going to be away from your home for more than six weeks, you must let the Estate Management Team know where you are going and leave contact details. Please contact the Estate Management Team to discuss this. Contact details are in the panel on the right of this page. Remember that your rent must still be paid during your absence.

Lodgers and sub-letting

You have the right to take in a lodger - providing it does not overcrowd the property.
  
You do not have the right to sub-let any part of your home.

Moving out - ending your tenancy

If you wish to leave your home, you must inform the Council in writing at least four weeks before. This four weeks "notice" must end on a Monday and you must return your keys to the Council on the day that you leave or you will be charged rent for that week. The four week notice period is also applied if a tenant goes into a care home or dies.

When can the Council repossess your home?

Any breaches of the terms of the tenancy agreement may result in the Council taking action to repossess the property.