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Types of Council Tenancies - Demoted Tenancy

If you are a secure tenant and commit serious acts of anti-social behaviour we may apply to the court to demote your tenancy. A demoted tenancy is a one-year probationary council tenancy.

Demoted tenants have some, but not all, of the same rights as secure tenants. The most important thing, though, is that they can be evicted much more easily if, for example, serious acts of anti-social behaviour continue. Demoted tenants lose the following rights:

  • They lose their right to buy for the period of the demotion
  • They can’t take in lodgers or sublet their home
  • They can’t transfer to another home or do a mutual exchange

If demoted tenants stop causing anti-social behaviour or don’t break their tenancy agreement in other ways they will automatically become secure tenants again after 12 months; and all rights will be restored.

Special rules apply to passing on demoted tenancies. We will be happy to discuss these with you if you would like more information.