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What is 'assignment' and how does it work?

How you can pass on your WDH tenancy to someone else.

Assignment is when you pass your tenancy on to another member of your family so that you will no longer be the tenant.

Generally, you can only assign your tenancy by a transfer order under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (Contact us for more information) an exchange, or by passing your tenancy to a member of your family who would qualify to take over your tenancy if you died.

You can only pass on your tenancy once by assignment or succession. This rule does not apply to assignments under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 or the right to exchange.

You cannot pass on your tenancy without our permission, as the tenancy can only be passed on once and you must do so by deed (a legal document).

If you want to pass your tenancy on to someone in your family, ask us for a form, fill it in and return it to us. We will then consider your application.

No one is able to take over or pass on one of our tenancies without getting our permission in writing first and then signing the correct legal  documents.

Please contact any of our SAPs or phone OneCALL 0345 8 507 507 if you have any questions about assignments and successions.

Subletting part of your property

If you charge a person for living in one or more of your rooms, this is known as subletting.

If you are an assured tenant you have the right to sublet part of your property as long as you:

  • get our written permission first;
  • it does not cause overcrowding;
  • do not create another assured tenancy; and
  • continue to live in your home.

We will not unreasonably withhold our permission.  If we refuse permission, we will explain why.


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