Changing your tenancy agreement

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We expect you to always keep us up to date with who’s living in your home.

Adding or removing a member of your household does not mean they've been added or removed from the tenancy agreement.

Adding a joint tenant

If you hold a sole tenancy with us and want to change this to a joint tenancy you'll need to check the terms of your tenancy agreement.

In most cases a joint tenant can be added if you’ve not breached your tenancy, are not in rent arrears and the new tenant: 
  • Is the husband, wife or civil partner of the current tenant
  • Is the cohabitee of the current tenant and has lived at the property with the current tenant for at least 12 months
  •  Agrees to take on the rights and responsibilities of the new tenancy.
You'll both need to sign a new tenancy agreement, saying you accept the new terms.

Removing a joint tenant

If you hold a joint tenancy with us and want to change this to a sole tenancy, both tenants must agree to the change. You'll also need to meet the following conditions:
  • Both joint tenants give their written consent by signing the deed
  • The sole tenant agrees to take over the rights and responsibilities of the existing tenancy
  • There are no rent arrears on the tenancy
  • There are no breaches of the tenancy.
For more information please contact us.

What if I want to move?

If you’re looking to move home there are a number of options available to you, including:
  • Mutual Exchange – this is when you swap tenancies with our permission
  • Registering with your local authority
  • Mobility Schemes
  • Shared Ownership schemes
  • Private Rented Sector
  • Housing for Older People and Extra Care schemes.

How can I end my tenancy?

You must give four weeks written notice. 

We explain more about the process here.

What to do in the event of the death of a resident?

We know that dealing with the death of a loved one can be difficult. So, below we’ve provided some information to help you through the process of informing us when a Southern Housing resident named on the tenancy agreement has died so we can discuss any next steps.

Losing someone is always difficult no matter the circumstances. Please make sure you don’t suffer alone. We have wellbeing services which we encourage you to use and there are many free bereavement charities that offer support.

In the event of a death of a resident, you should let us know as soon as possible.

Read more here.

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