What is a Tenancy Agreement?
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. If you do something that breaks the agreement, we could take action against you. Similarly, if the Association breaks the agreement, there are actions you can take.
Please note that there are a number of different tenancy agreements which depend on the type of accommodation and your tenancy start date.
Our Tenancy Policy is available to read by following this link.
Read our Tenant Handbook here.
We have four different types of Tenancy Agreement
1. Click on this link to go to information about our Secure (Fair Rent) Tenancies.
2. Click on this link to go to information about our Assured Tenancies.
3. Click on this link to go to information about our Assured Shorthold Tenancies.
4. Click on this link to go to information about our Introductory Agreements.
1. Secure (Fair Rent) Tenancies (back to top)
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.
2. Assured Tenancies (back to top)
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.
3. Assured Shorthold Tenancies (back to top)
You may have an Assured Shorthold Tenancy if you live in properties the Association leases from other owners. 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.
4. Introductory Tenancies (back to top)
If your tenancy started after April 2005, you may have an introductory 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 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 by serving two months’ notice at the 10 month point. Some full assured rights will not be available until after the twelve month period.