Husbands, wives and partners
Husbands, wives and registered civil partners who were living with a tenant when they died can become the tenants as long as the property is their only or main home. This is called succession.
There can only be one succession.
If you have a joint tenancy, your joint tenant will remain a tenant if you die. There is more about joint tenancies here.
A partner who is not married to the sole tenant or in a registered civil partnership must have been living with the tenant for at least a year before they died to be able to succeed to the tenancy, and the property must have been their only or main home. This differs slightly if the tenancy to be succeeded to started after 1 April 2012.
Depending on the relationship to the deceased tenant, we may ask the new tenant to move to a smaller property if they have more bedrooms than they need. This is also the case if the property has been adapted for someone with special needs or a disability where the adaptations are no longer needed. We will discuss this with the succeeding tenant when they inherit the tenancy.
Note: Successors usually need to supply documents with the form to prove they live at the address. This could include bank statements, credit card bills, utility bills or other official letters or documents.
You can read more about successions in the leaflet: Can I become the tenant of my home? (PDF)
You can read our tenure policy here (PDF)