Probationary tenancies

We give a probationary tenancy to all new tenants

What is a probationary tenancy?

A probationary tenancy (also known as a starter tenancy) is intended to last for only a short trial period of up to 12 months.

If a tenant keeps to all the conditions of their tenancy agreement during the trial period, their probationary tenancy automatically becomes an assured tenancy.tenancy. You won’t have to sign a new tenancy agreement, and you’ll have more rights than the probationary tenancy.

Why do we use probationary tenancies?

Probationary tenancies help us make sure that you (as a new tenant), your family and your visitors follow some basic rules, know your rights and know what to do if there’s a problem. If you seriously break the conditions of your probationary tenancy, it makes it easier for us to ask the court to evict you.

What rights do I have with a probationary tenancy?

Your rights are similar to those of an assured tenant. However, during your probationary tenancy you do not have the right to:

  • apply to buy your home
  • make improvements, alterations or additions to your home
  • apply for compensation for improvements
  • do repairs
  • exchange or transfer from your home to another
  • sublet or take in a lodger

What happens after I get my probationary tenancy?

We’ll monitor it to make sure you’re keeping to the terms of the tenancy agreement. We’ll review your tenancy twice during the 12-month trial period. The first review will be within six to ten weeks after signing the agreement. The second review will be by the end of eight months.

What if there are problems with my tenancy?

If we think you have broken your tenancy agreement, we’ll contact you to talk about it and give you a chance to put things right. If you continue to break your agreement, we’ll look at ways to make sure you stop doing this and improve the situation.

How will I know if you are going to end my probationary tenancy?

If you’ve broken your tenancy agreement and not put things right following our warnings, we can end your tenancy. We’ll send you a formal notice (Notice Requiring Possession), which explains how you can appeal our decision. This is a legal document that sets out the details of how you have broken the tenancy agreement and says you must leave the property in two months’ time. If you haven’t left the property by the date required, we can use a procedure called the Accelerated Possession Procedure, which means we can quickly get a court order to evict you.

Do I have the right to appeal?

Yes. Here’s what happens:

  1. We send you a letter with the Notice Requiring Possession that will explain how you can appeal
  2. You have 14 calendar days to write to us stating that you intend to appeal
  3. We let you know how and when the appeal will be heard. You will get a written summary of the information that we will present to the appeal panel and you can bring someone along to the hearing to support you if you wish
  4. A panel will hear your appeal, with an independent manager who has not had anything to do with your case. You can either write down what you want the panel to know, or you can explain it yourself by speaking to the panel at the hearing