Changes to Your Tenancy

This page gives information on how to notify us of changes, terminating your tenancy, adding a joint tenant, applying for permission to have a lodger, assigning your tenancy, subletting, succession and mutual exchanges.

For more information on Changes to Your Tenancy you can also read your Scottish Secure Tenancy Agreement (or if you are currently on a Short Scottish Secure Tenancy Agreement)

Notifying of Changes

It is important that you tell us in writing, when anyone moves into or out of your home. If you do not do this, it could have an important effect on your tenancy rights.  Residents are recorded as living with you from the date you tell us - even if they moved in before that date.

Contact the Housing Services team direct at housing@ochilviewha.co.uk  if you require more information.

Terminating your Tenancy

You must give us at least 28 days written notice to end your tenancy.

You can do this in the following ways:

  • in writing; either by sending us a letter or email to housing@ochilviewha.co.uk ;
  • By filling in a form which you can get from our office or download here [link to termination of tenancy form to follow]
  • complete a form in your MY HOME account. [link to follow]

Your husband or wife, your civil partner, your partner or any joint tenant, must also sign to show that they agree the tenancy should be terminated.

Before you leave your home, you should:

  • Let us in to carry out a pre-termination inspection (we will arrange a convenient time)
  • Ensure the house is in good condition and clean and tidy
  • Take all your property from the house, loft and garden
  • Carry out any repairs that are your responsibility
  • Pay the rent and any other charges due to us
  • Take final meter readings for your gas and electricity and tell who the supplier is
  • When you leave, return the keys to us by 12.00pm on the day your tenancy ends 

For more information please see the Tenant Handbook leaflet on Ending Tenancy.

Joint Tenancy

If you wish to make someone living with you a joint tenant, you must complete an application for a joint tenancy. Please note that the proposed joint tenant must have lived at the property as their only or principal home for the 12 months before they can apply to be a joint tenant.

For more information please read your Tenants Handbook leaflet on Tenancy Agreements and/or our Joint Tenancy Policy.

Lodgers

If you have enough room in your home you may want to take in a lodger. A lodger is a person who is not a relative but lives with you and pays rent to you. You have the right to take in a lodger but must first get our permission. We can only refuse if we have reasonable grounds for doing so.

For more information please read your Tenants Handbook leaflet on Tenancy Agreements and/or our Lodger Policy.

Assigning Your Tenancy

If you no longer wish to live in your tenancy but would like a member of your household to stay on in the house and become the tenant, you can apply to assign your tenancy to them. Please note that the proposed assignee must have lived at the property as their only or principal home for the 12 months before they can apply to be the tenant.

For more information please read your Tenants Handbook leaflet on Tenancy Agreements and/or our Assignation Policy.

Subletting

If you are going away from home for a short time and do not want to leave your house empty, you have the right to sublet it, provided we give our permission. If we approve your sublet you will still be responsible for the tenancy including paying the rent and the behaviour of your sub tenant. We normally allow a sublet for 6 months but we may agree to extend this to 12 months.

For more information please read your Tenants Handbook leaflet on Tenancy Agreements and/or our Subletting Policy.

Succession

Succession is the passing of a tenancy from a tenant who has died to another person who becomes the new tenant – known as the “successor”. Succession cannot take place unless a tenant has died. If there is no person qualified to succeed to the tenancy, or if every person who is qualified does not wish to succeed, the tenancy is terminated. To qualify as the successor, they must have lived at the property as their only or principal home for the 12 months before they can apply to succeed to the tenancy.

For more information please read our Succession to Tenancy Policy.

Mutual Exchange

All of the Association’s tenants can apply to exchange their house with another Association tenant, or a Council tenant, as long as they have a Scottish Secure Tenancy.  If a tenant wishes to mutual exchange with a tenant from another landlord then consent from both Landlords is required before they can move.

Further Information on Mutual Exchanges: