What tenancy do I have?

When you become a Brent Council tenant you are initially given an Introductory Tenancy.

Introductory Tenancy

We offer new tenants an Introductory Tenancy. This is a one-year trial tenancy and although you have most of the same rights as a secure tenant or secure flexible tenant you cannot:

  • Buy your home 
  • Vote to change your landlord 
  • Exchange your home 
  • Take in a lodger
  • Make any alterations to your home.

When you have successfully completed your trial tenancy you will then be allowed to have a Secure Tenancy or a Secure Flexible Tenancy.

 

More information can be found under your Tenancy Terms and Conditions.

 

Enquire about my Introductory Tenancy

Secure Tenancy

A Secure Tenancy does not have an expiry date and it continues from week to week until you or we end it.

 

As a Secure Tenant you can:

  • Pass on your tenancy when you die
  • Exchange your home with another tenant
  • Buy your home
  • Repair your home if we fail to do so
  • Improve your home
  • Be consulted
  • Take in lodgers
  • Sublet part of your home.

More information can be found under your Tenancy Terms and Conditions.

 

Enquire about my Secure Tenancy

 

Secure Flexible Tenancy

A Secure Flexible Tenancy is a Secure Tenancy but for a fixed term. The term of your Secure Flexible Tenancy is set out in your tenancy agreement. Eight months before the end of your tenancy, we will review your housing need and the way you have conducted your tenancy. If we decide not to renew your tenancy, we will give you six months notice. You can ask us to review a decision not to renew your tenancy.

 

More information can be found under your Tenancy Terms and Conditions.

 

Enquire about my tenancy

Shorthold Tenancy

An Assured Shorthold and Shorthold Tenancy (AST) are used if the property is: 

  • Owned by a private landlord and managed by BHP
  • Owned by Brent Council and managed by BHP

Shorthold tenancies allow BHP to let these properties for a short period, for example six months.

 

Your tenancy can be either a fixed-term tenancy, for example six months or periodic tenancy. Periodic tenancies can run indefinitely, or until either you the tenant gives the council notice or the council serves a Notice to Quit on the tenant.

 

Unless outlined in tenancy agreement, the council cannot increase your rent within the fixed term of the tenancy. However, if you renew your tenancy for another term, the landlord has the right to increase the rent for the next period of fixed tenancy.