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Tenancy Agreements and Tenant Handbooks


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A tenancy agreement is a legal contract between you and Connect Housing Association. It sets out what we expect of you, what you can expect of us and your rights. Please note that there are a number of different tenancy agreements depending on when your tenancy started. Click onto the links below to see the most common agreements.

Secure (Fair Rent) Tenancies

You have a Secure Tenancy Agreement if your tenancy started before 15 January 1989 or you have been assigned secure rights via a Mutual Exchange. Secure tenants have rights laid down in the Housing Acts passed up until 1988. They have their rent set by the Rent Officer Service which is independent of the Association.

Starter Tenancies

If your tenancy started after April 2005, you may have a starter tenancy. For the first 12 months it is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy which converts to a Full Assured Tenancy at 12 months, if the tenancy has been conducted satisfactorily. This is confirmed by three visits to you during the first 10 months by staff from the Association. Please give us access for these visits. Failure to do so may mean that we end your tenancy within the first 10 months by serving two months’ notice. Some full assured rights will not be available until after the twelve month period.

Assured Tenancies

You will have an Assured Tenancy Agreement if the date of the agreement is after the 14th of January 1989 and it is not an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. Assured Tenants have rights as set out in the Tenancy Agreement. The rent is set by the Association.

Assured Shorthold Tenancies

You may have an Assured Shorthold Tenancy if you live in properties the Association leases from other owners e.g. private owners or Leeds City Council or in temporary accommodation. This will have been explained to you when the property was offered.

The main difference between an Assured Shorthold and an Assured Tenancy Agreement is that the Association can end the Assured Shorthold Tenancy by giving 2 months’ notice (section 21). This may be necessary if the lease is coming to an end. The Association will try to help tenants whose tenancies end for this reason to find alternative accommodation.

Joint Tenancies

Our normal policy is to offer joint tenancies when two adults are being re-housed by us. This means that each tenant is equally responsible for meeting all the obligations of the Tenancy Agreement even if one tenant leaves.
If your partner decides that they no longer wish to be a joint tenant then you should inform the Association in writing. We will not agree to this if you have rent arrears with us, as we have to create a new sole tenancy.

Similarly, if you want to add someone to your sole tenancy, we will need to create a joint tenancy. We will not allow conversion from a sole tenancy to a joint tenancy during the introductory period of a starter tenancy. Also we will not agree to give you a joint tenancy if you have rent arrears or ongoing court action. For further advice and information, please contact our Housing Services Team by telephoning them on 0113 285 0400 (Leeds) or 01484 353 530 (Huddersfield).

Tenant Handbooks

The tenants’ handbook helps you understand the terms and conditions of your tenancy agreement and to offer you general help and advice as a tenant of Connect Housing Association. Tenants and staff have contributed to the style and layout of this handbook. We hope you find it useful. If you have any ideas about how we can improve the handbook please let us know. 

Click here for a link to our Tenant’s Handbook.

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