Change of circumstance

It is  important to let us know if someone moves out of your property, if you want someone to move in or you want to end or transfer your tenancy.

We will let you know what you need to do if there are any changes. Generally, you will need to write to us to ask permission to make changes to your tenancy. 

Joint tenancy

If you currently have a sole tenancy (i.e yours is the only name on the tenancy agreement) and want someone to move in, you can change your tenancy to a joint tenancy.  This gives you, and the person living with you, equal rights and responsibility for the property.   Please note that you do not need to make someone who has moved in a joint tenant but you must let us know that they are living with you. 

If you want to apply for a joint tenancy please complete and return the Joint Tenancy application form

Relationship breakdown

If your relationship with a partner breaks down and you can no longer live together (and you are joint tenants), you will have to decide who will remain in the property. If one person is the sole tenant they have the right to remain in the property whilst the other does not. 

If you are married your spouse may have rights in law if you are not a joint tenant.  Your housing officer will be able to give some advice but you can find comprehensive information and advice about your rights on the Shelter Scotland website.

Transferring the tenancy to another person

A tenancy can be transferred to another person by assignation or succession.

  • Assignation is when you transfer a tenancy to another member of your household.
  • Succession is when a tenancy is inherited when a tenant dies.

The rules about this are set out in your tenancy agreement and by law.  You cannot apply to assign a tenancy, and no person can succeed to the tenancy unless you have told us, in writing, that they are living with you and they have lived with you for more than a year

If you want to apply to assign your tenancy to someone else please complete and return the Assignation application form.  

If you want to apply to succeed to a tenancy please complete and return the succession application form

Ending your tenancy

If you want to end your tenancy you must let us know and give us a least 28 days notice.  You can do this in writing or by completing the 'Ending your tenancy form