Types of tenancies
Introductory and secure tenants
All new council tenancies are on a trial period of one year before tenants become secure tenants. During this trial period a tenant is known as an introductory tenant. They have fewer rights and less security than secure tenants.
If you are a council secure tenant and move from one tenancy to another with no gap between, you will remain a secure tenant in your new home.
Housing association secure or assured tenants moving into a council home with no gap between the tenancies will also remain as secure tenants.
Your rights and duties of being an introductory or secure tenant are in your tenancy conditions that you agreed to when you signed your tenancy agreement. We can give you a copy of these if you need another copy. Just ask your neighbourhood housing officer.
If your tenancy was given to you to help you do your job (for example because you are an estate or school caretaker) you will probably be a service tenant and your rights and duties will be different to those of secure or introductory tenants. Your neighbourhood housing officer can confirm the type of tenancy that you have.
If a tenant asks for a joint tenancy with their husband, wife or registered civil partner, we will usually agree to this as long as a marriage or civil partnership certificate is provided.
We will also consider requests for joint tenancies with a partner when the tenant is not married or in a civil partnership, but this will only be considered when the couple have been living together for at least a year.
We will not agree to an existing tenant having a joint tenancy with anyone other than a husband, wife, registered civil partner or partner.
When one tenant chooses to move out, as long as one joint tenant continues to live in a property as their only or main home, a joint tenancy continues. This means that we cannot consider granting a sole tenancy unless a joint tenancy is brought to an end by one of the tenants. Your neighbourhood housing officer can advise you about this.
For more information please read our Camden council tenants guide.