WHAT IS AN INTRODUCTORY TENANCY?
Introductory tenancies were introduced under the Housing Act 1996. These were implemented in St Albans for all new tenancies granted after 6 April 1998 which would otherwise have been secure tenancies. An introductory tenancy is like a one year 'trial period'. Provided there are no problems with your tenancy during this period, then you will automatically become a secure tenant after 12 months.
WHAT RIGHTS WILL I HAVE?
During your introductory tenancy you will have similar rights to those held by our secure tenants.
You will not be able to take in lodgers, sublet the property, carry out improvements or exchange your tenancy with another tenant for the first 12 months of this tenancy. In addition you will not be able to exercise the Right To Buy during this period although it will count towards the qualifying period of 5 years and any discount should you exercise this right at a later date.
WILL I HAVE A TENANCY AGREEMENT?
At your new tenancy interview with your Management Officer you will be given a combined tenancy agreement to sign which sets out conditions that apply to both introductory and secure tenants. Your Management Officer will explain your rights and responsibilities so that you clearly understand our strategy and powers for dealing with nuisance and other tenancy matters. A leaflet on 'Avoiding Rent Arrears' will also be given to you at this interview. It is imperative that you do not delay and contact your Management Officer immediately should you experience any difficulty in paying the rent.
CAN THE TENANCY BE TERMINATED?
The tenancy will only be terminated if there is a serious breach of the tenancy conditions, for example, non-payment of rent or anti social behaviour. You will be given the opportunity to resolve the situation but if the problem continues and possession proceedings are instigated then the Court must grant possession to us that could lead to your eviction.
WHY WOULD WE WANT TO END YOUR TENANCY?
We are most anxious to promote peaceful and settled living conditions for everyone living on our estates. The behaviour of neighbours has a great effect on everyone and we want to encourage responsible behaviour. We will take action against any one who is considered to have behaved badly towards their neighbours where we think it is reasonable to do so. If you cause a substantial nuisance we will end your tenancy. The other reason why we would want to end your tenancy is if you are in arrears with your rent.
IS THERE A RIGHT OF REVIEW?
If we decide the breach of the tenancy condition is so serious that a Notice to Seek Possession has to be served then you will have the right to request a review of our decision within 14 days. Officers not involved in the original decision to take possession proceedings will carry out the review and you can make oral or written representations to us.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER 12 MONTHS?
If your tenancy has been conducted satisfactorily then you will automatically become a secure tenant after 12 months i.e. on the anniversary of the date your tenancy commenced. You will then have all the additional rights mentioned earlier on in this leaflet. You will not be issued with another tenancy agreement, as the same one will apply.
WHERE CAN I GET HELP IF NEEDED?
If you experience any problem whatsoever with your introductory tenancy then you must contact your Management Officer immediately. A leaflet on how to contact us will be given to you at your new tenancy interview. We will be able to give you a wide range of advice and information to hopefully resolve any problems you may have at the outset. Remember we are here to help but if you delay in contacting us the problem may only get worse.