Tenants

Types of tenancy

Waltham Forest Council operates a system of three types of tenancies which include the following:

  • Introductory
  • Secure
  • Demoted.

 

Introductory Tenancies

Introductory Tenancy is a trial period for all new tenants.  After this trial period (initially for 12 but maybe extended by the Council to a maximum of 18 months in total) if the tenancy is deemed to have been conducted satisfactorily, the tenancy will automatically become secure.  However, if the Council believes that the conduct of a tenancy has been unsatisfactory, it may be terminated by an administrative decision by the Council, subsequently confirmed by the Court if the process has been followed correctly.

The tenancy will be monitored and Neighbourhood Officers will carry out checks, ensuring the tenant is complying with the Tenancy Agreement. If there are any breaches of tenancy, Waltham Forest Housing will let the tenant know, so that they correct them. Breaches of tenancy conditions will be investigated carefully and if proven and not resolved, action will be taken to end the tenancy.

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Secure Tenancies

As a secure tenant you have the right to stay in your home for as long as you choose, so long as you keep to the conditions set out in your Tenancy Agreement.

Demoted tenancy

A Demoted Tenancy is a tenancy issued by order of a court.  It lasts for one year, unless it is extended in which case it would last for eighteen months.  They can be awarded by a County Court as a remedy to tackle antisocial or nuisance behaviour. The secure tenancy will be then replaced with a less secure ‘demoted’ tenancy, by a demotion order from the court.

The period of demotion will initially be for twelve months from the date that the court makes the order.  However, this period may be extended if we serve notice to seek possession of the property during this period.

The demotion orders are used as a remedy, with the emphasis on working with tenants to encourage a change in behaviour and help you keep your homes. In many cases, additional help and advice will be offered to help the tenant change their behaviour.

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