Succession

Succession simply means passing the tenancy on to someone else when you die, like a form of inheritance.  A tenancy can only be succeeded once.  Therefore as long as your tenancy was not passed on to you, your partner or member of family can succeed your tenancy.

  • The tenancy can be succeeded by your wife, husband or partner, step-relative, parents, child, grand-parents, grand-child, niece, nephew, brother, sister, aunt or uncle
  • If one joint tenant dies, the other joint tenant succeeds the tenancy.  Joint tenants do not have to be related.  This counts as one succession
  • If you are getting divorced and the Court allows you to live in the house instead of your husband or wife, this does not count as succession.  A member of your family can still succeed the tenancy
  • The successor must have lived with you for 12 months before your death
  • The property must be their only or main house
  • The successor must be 18 years of age or older
  • The person wishing to succeed the tenancy must inform SUHA in writing within one month of the tenant’s death
  • If there is a dispute about who should succeed the tenancy, SUHA will decide whom the tenant will be
  • If you succeed a property which is much larger than you need (e.g. if a single person succeeded a 3 bedroom house) then SUHA may require you to move to a more suitable property
  • If you succeed to specialist accommodation (such as  a disabled bungalow) SUHA may ask you to move to another property to make that property available for re-letting
  • A succession can only occur once, however SUHA will consider giving a tenancy to someone after a successor’s death if that is their only home