Joint Tenancies

If you are a sole tenant and you live with a partner or spouse who you now wish to share the rights and responsibilities of tenancy with, you need to apply for a joint tenancy.

You can download the necessary form to apply for a joint tenancy below:

Completed applications should be returned to tenancy services who will inform you of a decision within 15 working days.

What to do if a joint tenant dies or wishes to leave the property

If you are an existing joint tenant and your partner dies or leaves the property you may be able take over sole tenancy of the property providing there has been no previous succession.

The remaining tenant must notify us of their partner's death and provide a copy of the death certificate. A tenancy adviser will then arrange an appointment to see you to discuss your housing options.

In the event of one tenant wishing to leave the property both tenants should write to us requesting the tenancy be assigned to the remaining party. This should be in the form of a signed letter. The person leaving must give us a forwarding address so that the end of tenancy can be confirmed. It is also important that if you are a joint tenant and you leave the property you ensure that you do not leave rent in arrears. By law, both tenants will be jointly responsible for any arrears accumulated during their joint tenancy.  A change in tenancy will not be agreed if there are any arrears or court actions pending.

If you are a joint tenant and you leave the property it is important that you notify us. If you do not inform us that you no longer wish to be a joint tenant you can, by law, still be held responsible for the payment of rent, the maintenance of the property and everything else you were responsible for under the terms of your Tenancy Agreement.

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Income and Tenancy Officers

Contact us

Tenancy Services
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
SG1 1HN

tenancyservices@stevenage.gov.uk
01438 242666