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Tenancy Differences

What is the difference between a Council and Housing Association Tenancy?

What is the difference between a Council and Housing Association Tenancy?
 
In practice there is very little difference between a Council and a Housing Association tenancy. Council and Housing Association tenants both have security of tenure. This means that tenants who keep to their tenancy agreement and pay their rent will be able to stay in their property for as long as they wish. Council tenancies are usually Secure Tenancies and Housing Associations usually give Assured Tenancies. See how the tenancies compare below.
 

Secure Council Tenant

 

Assured L&Q tenant

Accountable through elected councillors and other participation arrangements

Accountability

Accountable through a board and other participation arrangements

Applies to spouse, including civil partner, or close relative who has lived in the property for at least 12 months

Right of succession

Applies to spouse, including civil partner, or close relative who has lived in the property for at least 12 months

Yes

Right to buy

‘Right to Acquire’, which works in a similar way to Right to Buy

Yes – with landlords consent

Right to carry out improvements

Yes – with landlords consent

Yes – landlords consent

Right to compensation for (certain) improvements

Yes – with landlords consent

The 1985 Housing Act provides the right to be consulted on major changes to the way your home is managed

Right to consultation

Yes – no changes will be made to the way your home is managed without consulting you

Yes – with landlords consent

Right to exchange

Yes – with landlords consent

Yes

Right to manage

L&Q is required to consult and involve all tenants in the decisions that are likely to affect you and there are many ways you can get involved in the running of the housing association

Yes – in law

Right to repair

Yes – a clause in the tenancy agreement

Yes – requires landlord consent

Right to take in lodgers or sub-let

Yes – with L&Q consent

Yes – in law

Security of tenure

Yes – in law