Tenants

Succession

A succession is where a tenant dies and another person has successfully taken over the rights of their tenancy. By law a tenancy can only be handed on once.

When a tenant dies, any joint tenant will automatically succeed their tenancy, providing a succession has not already occurred. If there is no joint person named on their agreement then a partner (whether married or unmarried or same sex couples), can ask to be considered for the succession.

In order for a person to succeed a tenancy they must have lived with the tenant for 12 months prior to the tenants’ death. Joint tenants and married or civil partners are required to be living in the home as their only home at the time of death.

If a tenant is not married and holds no joint status then another family member can apply to succeed their tenancy as long as they have been living in the home with the tenant, for at least a year. This is subject to assessment and only possible under certain conditions.

Apply for a succession

To apply for succession Waltham Forest Housing must have the request in writing within three months of the tenants passing away. We will consider all succession requests and are responsible for deciding if the succession is agreed or refused.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your tenancy then please contact your Neighbourhood Officer. If you would like more details concerning your rights as a Council Tenant further information can be found in your resident information pack.

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