This is a sample of the tenancy agreement you will sign before you move in to your council home.
Brighton & Hove City Council would like to welcome you to your new home and neighbourhood. We hope that you will be very happy as a council tenant.
This tenancy agreement is a legal document and sets out both your responsibilities and rights as a tenant and those of the council as your landlord. If you fail to comply with a tenancy condition Brighton & Hove City Council have the right to take legal action.
It is important that you understand this tenancy agreement as it sets out the conditions of a tenancy with Brighton & Hove City Council. You have the right to get independent legal advice from a solicitor, Citizens Advice Bureau or a law centre if you are unsure about signing this agreement or would like advice about your rights and responsibilities.
Key information on your Tenancy Agreement can be found in the Tenant Handbook and the Repairs & Improvement Handbook.
More information about council housing.
Type of tenancy
If you are not currently a secure tenant, you will be an introductory tenant for the first year of your tenancy with the council.
If you transfer from another of our properties, you will continue to be a secure tenant unless you are still in the first year of your introductory tenancy. In this case, your introductory tenancy continues at the new property until the end of the first year.
Your type of tenancy will be indicated below. It will be either:
- You have an Introductory Tenancy with us, which we have given you under the Housing Act 1996. It will last for one year. After this date, it will automatically become a secure tenancy unless we have applied to court to gain possession of your property or your introductory tenancy has been extended for a further six months.
- You have a Secure Tenancy with us, which we have given you under the Housing Act 1985 (as amended).
If you are signing this agreement with someone else - such as your husband, wife, civil partner or partner, or in some cases a family member - you will be a joint tenant. In joint tenancies, each tenant is jointly and individually responsible for all of the conditions of this agreement.
This means that if one tenant leaves the home, both tenants remain responsible for the conditions of the tenancy until the tenancy is ended.