The council has begun working with tenants to agree what rights and responsibilities should be written in to new Homes for Lambeth assured lifetime tenancies. This will include exploring what succession rights – where someone can inherit a tenancy when the tenant dies - can be included in the tenancies.
Succession rights for current secure tenancies depend on when the tenancy was granted. If a secure tenancy was granted before April 2012, then succession can pass to a spouse, civil partner, other family member or career who has lived with the tenant for at least 12 months before the tenant’s death. If a secure tenancy was granted after April 2012, then succession can only pass to a spouse or partner who is also occupying the home at the time of the tenant’s death, or to the tenant’s child(ren) if they have been living in the tenant’s home with them for at least 12 months before the tenant’s death.
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