Taking over a tenancy when someone dies

When a tenant dies, the tenancy may pass to a person who is qualified to succeed to it. This is usually a spouse, cohabittee or same sex partner, a family member, joint tenant or carer who has lived there as their only or principal home. Our successions leaflet explains this in more detail.

A landlord can refuse to allow this if the applicant does not qualify. If there has been a succession at the property already, a second succession may be considered, but not a third.

There are special rules associated with properties that are or could easily be adapted. These are specialist properties, and we will ensure they remain available for people with appropriate needs.

You can appeal against the decision to refuse your succession request.