Tenancy Differences

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
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