Council Tenants - Joint Tenancies

A joint tenancy is when two or more people sign a tenancy agreement and jointly agree to keep to its conditions.  This is a legal agreement between you, any other joint tenants, and us. It means you and the other tenant(s) are equally responsible for all conditions of the agreement, including paying the rent.

You can apply for a joint tenancy using our application form (PDF).  

All tenants signing the agreement must be at least 16 years old and intend to live in your house as their main home.  We will write to you with our decision within one month of receiving your application.

We may refuse an application for the following reasons:

  • an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) is in place against you or your proposed tenants
  • your joint tenant was previously evicted for antisocial behaviour
  • the joint tenant owes us rent
  • your home would be overcrowded under the new arrangement
  • your home is unsuitable for the joint tenant

If the joint tenant dies or leaves the house, you are still responsible for paying the rent.  If they have left the property, we will give them four weeks to return, before removing them from the tenancy agreement.

If you want to end your joint tenancy, you should give four weeks written notice, and pay any outstanding debts or arrears before you leave the property.

You can get more information from our joint tenancies leaflet (PDF).

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