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


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 ‘discretionary succession’, depending on the circumstances. For more information, please contact us.