Changes in tenancies can arise from a variety of circumstances.
Succession to tenancy
On the death of a tenant, the tenancy may be transferred to a family member, aged at least 16 years of age, if they have lived with the tenant as part of the household for at least 6 months prior to the death of a tenant, and that the house applied for has been their principal home for the duration of that period.
People who can succeed to a tenancy also include a co-habitee of the same sex and an adult carer, who stayed with the tenant when they died, provided care for the deceased tenant or a member of their family and had given up their own home to do so.
Transfer of tenancy
Approval may be given to transfer the tenancy from one household member to another, in certain circumstances. Written consent of the landlord is required although consent will not be withheld unreasonably.
Tenants can apply to create a joint tenancy in certain circumstances. Written consent of the landlord is required although consent will not be withheld unreasonably. A tenancy can also be converted from joint to sole with the agreement of both parties. If one of the parties has abandoned the tenancy, the landlord can arrange for the appropriate notices to be served to convert the tenancy to a sole tenancy.
You can download application forms by clicking on the links to the right of this page or pick up a form at your neighbourhood housing office or local office.