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Succeeding to (inheriting) a tenancy when a tenant dies

If you lived with a council tenant for at least 12 months before they died, you may have the right to inherit their tenancy. This is called the "right of succession". This right only occurs once per tenancy.

There are laws that set out who can succeed to a tenancy. For example, your right to succeed to a council tenancy depends on your relationship with the person who died, what type of tenancy they had, and when it started.

If you think you have a right to succeed to a tenancy, contact us and we will investigate your request.

You may continue to live in the property while we are making our decision. You will be charged for the use and occupation of the property during this time. These charges are not rent.

We may decide:

  1. to create a new tenancy for you in the same property
  2. to create a new tenancy for you in a different property, according to our allocations policy.
  3. not to offer you any alternative accommodation

We will let you know our decision as soon as possible.