Transferring your Tenancy

How you might give your tenancy to someone else

In some circumstances you may be able to give your tenancy to someone else. There are a number of ways in which you do this:

  • The most common way is through a mutual exchange, where you swap it with another tenant.
  • In some circumstances, you may be able to give your tenancy to a family member, such as a son or daughter.
  • A court may order you to give your tenancy to your partner if you are joint tenants and you enter into a legal separation, such as a divorce. The court will tell us who should keep the tenancy.

The law sets out the rules as to who can give someone else their tenancy and under what circumstances. There are more details set out in your Tenancy Agreement.

How to apply to give your tenancy to someone else

You can find out how to apply for a mutual exchange by clicking below:

If you are leaving Stevenage to live somewhere else, you can apply to assign your tenancy to your partner or a member of your immediate family who has lived with you for at least a year.

If you wish to apply to assign your tenancy to a partner or close relative you should send a signed letter to us. Your application will be assessed within 20 working days.

If a sole tenant dies it is possible for a partner or close relative to apply to succeed their tenancy. This means they effectively inherit it. You should apply by sending a signed letter to Tenancy Services.

In certain circumstances you have a right to succeed someone else's tenancy but there are complicated rules about who has this right and how many times a tenancy can be passed on. We may allow you to succeed a tenancy even if you do not have a right to, we will decide this depending on your individual circumstances. We will be as sympathetic as possible, but must always balance individual cases against the large number of applicants on the Housing Register.

Sometimes we may allow you to give your tenancy to someone else but not allow them to remain in the same property. For example, we might not allow a single person to occupy a family home and may choose instead to re-house the person you have given your tenancy to.

Further information

Use the link below to find out more information about your tenancy agreement.

Related pages

Income and Tenancy Officers

Mutual Exchange

Tenancy agreement

Contact us

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

tenancyservices@stevenage.gov.uk
01438 242666