The right for a housing association tenancy to be passed on when a tenant dies is known as succession. A succession can only happen once. If somebody succeeds to a tenancy, they cannot pass it on to anybody else. Your right to inherit or succeed to a tenancy depends on the type of tenancy and your relationship with the person who died.
If you are a joint tenant and either of you die, it may be possible for your tenancy to pass to another member of your family or partner living with you so long as a succession has not already taken place. In this situation please complete and return the succession application form by clicking here and attach a copy of the death certificate to Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, so that your request can be considered.
If a sole tenant dies, a succession may be granted to someone other than a partner, provided that they are a member of the deceased tenant’s family. The family member must provide evidence that they:
- Are a member of the tenant's household
- Lived with the tenant for a minimum of 12 months prior to the death of the tenant and can provide proof of residency in the form of any of the following: Council tax bills, bank statements, the electoral register, payslips, utility bills, any documents sent from government agencies e.g. benefits, or tax returns
- Lived in the tenant’s home as their only or principal home at the time of the tenant’s death
Succeeding a Tenancy
When a succession has taken place, which results in the property being too large, or otherwise unsuitable, we may offer a more suitable property.
Please complete and return the succession application form to us. You will also need to supply a copy of the death certificate and evidence of you being at the property for the last 12 months (e.g. copy of council tax bill, a utility bill, housing benefit letters with your name on the document etc)
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