When a tenant dies, their partner or relatives who lived with them may have the right to take over their tenancy. This is called a succession.
Tenants also have the right to assign (give) their tenancy to another member of their household. However, you cannot assign a tenancy that has already been succeeded.
There is also a legal right of succession on the death of a tenant. The full lettings policy reflects the legal requirements and responsibilities.
Eligibility is slightly more generous than that used through normal Tyne and Wear Homes applications. If you want to either succeed to or be assigned a tenancy you should contact your housing office for advice and guidance.
If you are unable to either assign or succeed a tenancy, you will be advised of your options.
Want to know more?
- Contact our Lettings Team
- Download Gateshead Council’s lettings policy.