Tenancy Succession

Succession can only occur on the death of the tenant and is the means by which a tenancy passes to someone else who is entitled under the terms of the Assured Tenancy Agreement on the death of the original tenant. 

Death of a tenant - who can take over the tenancy?

If a One Manchester tenant dies, and the tenancy was a joint tenancy, the remaining tenant succeeds the tenancy.

A joint tenant is someone who has their name on the tenancy agreement, is equally responsible for paying the rent, and has the full legal rights and responsibilities of a tenant.

If there are no joint tenants, the tenancy may also be succeeded by another person who lived with them at the time of their death.

To report the death of a tenant, please contact us.

Who can succeed a tenancy?

If there are no joint tenants, the tenancy of their home may pass to:

  • their partner (their husband, wife, civil partner or the person who had been living with them as part of a couple), as long as that person had been living with the tenant when they died;
  • if there is no partner, it can pass to a relative (parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece) if they had been living with the tenant for the previous six months

Conditions

If the tenancy passes to a relative and the home is bigger than they need, we have the legal right to move them out to a suitable alternative home, but we would not move out a partner in the same situation.

If someone has already taken over the tenancy following the death of a previous tenant, the tenancy does not legally have to go to someone else if they die, but we can consider a â€˜discretionary succession’, depending on the circumstances. For more information, please contact us.