Your Tenancy

The type of tenancy you have will depend on when you signed your tenancy and the types of tenancy offered at that time.  To be sure of which type you have you should refer to your tenancy agreement.  The basic types are set out below.

  • Prior to 1989 all residents were granted a Secure Tenancy on  a fair rent
  • From 1989 to 2012 all residents were granted an Assured Tenancy on a social rent
  • From 2012 existing social housing tenants were granted an Assured Tenancy (unless the property was built after 2012) on a social rent
  • From 2012 any resident who is not already an existing social housing tenant is granted a 5 year Fixed term Tenancy, either on a social rent or on an affordable rent

Secure Tenancy

This type of tenancy is no longer granted to new applicants.  It allows you to stay in your home for life, so long as you don’t breach the tenancy.  The maximum rent is set by the rent officer rather than by Tamar.

Assured Tenancy

This type of tenancy allows you to stay in your home for life, so long as you don’t breach the tenancy. 

Fixed Term Tenancy

Fixed Term tenancies are let at either an Affordable Rent or a Social Rent.  These tenancies are usually fixed for 6 years (or 5 for Rentplus homes).  This type of tenancy allows you to stay for the period of the Fixed term. 

A new tenancy may be granted for a further 6 year term (or 5 for Rentplus homes) depending on circumstances.  The reasons why a tenancy may be ended at the end of a Fixed Term are set out in the “Fixed Term Tenancy” leaflet.