Your Tenancy Agreement
A tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract between a landlord and a tenant. A tenancy agreement outlines our obligations to you such as carrying out repairs and outlines many of your obligations to us, your landlord, such as the need to pay rent, and not to cause nuisance, harassment or damage.
In addition, it sets out other conditions relating to the tenancy, such as the rules on keeping pets and installing satellite dishes. If you break the conditions of your Tenancy Agreement, or allow others to do so, we may take legal action to evict you from your home.
CRMO on behalf of the Council offers what is termed an ‘Introductory Tenancy’. This is a 12-month probationary tenancy after which the tenant will become a secure tenant, provided you meet the conditions of your tenancy agreement.
What is the difference between an introductory tenancy and a secure tenancy?
An introductory tenancy gives you many of the same rights as a secure council tenancy; however you can be evicted more easily. In addition, introductory tenants cannot:
- exchange their tenancy with any other tenant
- transfer the tenancy, unless they are ordered to by a court or in other very rare circumstances
- exercise the right to buy (however, the period of introductory tenancy may count towards the right to buy )
- take in lodgers or sublet all or part of the property or
- make improvements to the property without the Council’s permission
What are my obligations as an introductory tenant?
As an introductory tenant you must:
- pay the weekly rent in advance
- keep the property clean and well decorated
- respect the neighbours and not cause a nuisance
- make sure that anyone living at or visiting the property does not cause a nuisance
- keep the garden in a neat and tidy condition
- allow Council and CRMO workmen into the property to carry out inspections and repairs and
- Give the council four weeks notice to end the introductory tenancy.
The introductory tenant has other responsibilities that will be explained when you sign the tenancy agreement.