We realise it may be a difficult time for you and your family, we will do our best to support you and your family through the succession process.

It’s the right for a housing association tenancy to be passed on when a tenant passes away. It is known as a 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're a joint tenant and the other joint tenant passes away, you'll be the sole tenant unless the joint tenancy was ended.


If a sole tenant dies, and you think you're entitled to succeed the tenancy, you need to make an application with supporting documentation. Whether you're entitled to succeed will depend on the type of tenancy and the date it began.

Evidence for an application should include:

  • 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