Adding someone to a tenancy

Does my tenancy agreement allow me to have another person to the tenancy? 
Most of our tenancies do not allow you to add another person to your tenancy (joint tenant). There are some tenancies with different rules. If this is the case or you are unsure if your tenancy allows it, please contact our housing team. They will discuss your options.  

Can I add my partner to the household?
You can add your partner or spouse who is living with you as their permanent home as a household member. See changes to household section. The person will be on our records and recognised on having succession rights.  Please see what to after a tenant dies section where you will find more information. As a household member who is married to or has children with the sole tenant, you have legal rights to the tenancy. 

If I am not a joint tenant, what legal rights do I have to the tenancy?  
A court may grant a property Adjustment Order under one of the following laws. Our advice is to seek legal guidance in this situation. 

  • Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 – Award of a property transfer order on relationship breakdown
  • Family Law 1996 – Award of a property transfer order on relationship breakdown where the parties are not married
  • Children Act 1989 – Property Transfer Order for the benefit of a child of unmarried parents
  • Civil Partnership Act 2004 (schedule 5 part 2) – Award of a property adjustment order following dissolution, nullity or separation.

What happens if I die and my partner is not a joint tenant? 
Joint tenants have automatic succession rights if a tenant dies. A spouse who is not a joint tenant has the same rights as a joint tenant. If your partner is not a joint tenant they can succeed to the property if they meet the succession criteria. See apply to take over a tenancy for more information.

I am being pressured to have a joint tenancy what should I do?
Most of our tenancies do not allow you to add another person to your tenancy. Our team is here to offer help and support if you are feeling pressured. We can put you in touch with other agencies available to you. Please contact our housing team to discuss your options.

 

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