SECURE TENANCY CONDITIONS FOR TENANTS OF by keara

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									           SECURE TENANCY CONDITIONS FOR TENANTS OF
                    RUGBY BOROUGH COUNCIL

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1.0 YOUR RIGHTS CONFIRMED
The tenancy is a Secure Tenancy under the Housing Act 1985, and as such you have the
following rights:

   A. You have, subject to expectations as laid down in the Act, the Right To Buy your house
      after you have been a secure tenant for a subscribed period of time, at a discount
      dependent on your length of occupation, but currently subject to a maximum discount of
      £26000
   B. There is a right to the succession to the secure tenancy for relatives living in the property
      for a period of 12 months prior to the death of the tenant
   C. You have security of tenure in the property. This means that the tenancy can only be
      ended by a court order, which will only be given in specified circumstances. The
      procedure for gaining possession is laid down in the Act and must be complied with by
      the Council
   D. You have the right to take in lodgers without the Council’s permission, or to sublet part
      of the property with the Council’s consent, which cannot be unreasonably withheld,
      provided that no overcrowding is permitted
   E. You have the right to make improvements to the property, provided the Council’s written
      consent is obtained. This consent must not be unreasonably withheld. Improvement
      means:
           Any addition or alternation to the fixtures and fittings
           The erection of any TV or wireless aerial, or satellite dish
           The carrying out of external alterations, including fencing, car-parking areas or
             drives, sheds or external redecorations
   F. You have the right to assign the tenancy, by way of an exchange to another secure tenant,
      providing both parties have the written consent of the Council. Both parties will have to
      agree to accept each other’s property in its present condition and accept responsibility for
      any alterations that may have been carried out
   G. You have the right to carry out repairs which the Council is obliged by repairing
      covenants to carry out and receive from the Council such sums as may be determined by
      the scheme laid down by the Secretary of State, subject to giving the Council prior notice
      as laid out by the scheme
2.0 THE COUNCIL’S OBLIGATIONS TO YOU AS A TENANT
   A. Not to interfere with your rights of possession as long as you comply with the conditions
      of tenancy
   B. To keep on good repair the structure and exterior of the dwelling, including roofs, walls,
      drains, gutters and external pipes
   C. To keep in repair and proper working order installations for the supply of water, gas,
      electricity and sanitation, including basins, sinks and sanitary appliances for space and


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      water heating
   D. To provide further information on rights and obligations of tenancy and services provided
      by the Council in the form of a Tenants Handbook
   E. To provide further information to tenants in the form of a Tenants Handbook, on all
      Council policies and other matters that may affect their tenancy
   F. To consult with secure tenants on any matters of housing management which may affect
      their tenancy, for example relating to management, improvements, maintenance and
      repair policies etc. This consultation may take place only with the tenants affected
3.0 THE TENANT HAS THE FOLLOWING OBLIGATIONS
3.1 PAYING THE RENT
   A. To pay the rent and other service charges as detailed on the tenancy agreement. The
      Council may vary the rent or other charges as necessary
3.2 LOOKING AFTER THE PROPERTY AND THE GARDEN
  A. To look after the property and all fixtures and fittings, including care of the garden. The
      garden (including trees) must be maintained in a reasonable condition. The grass must be
      cut regularly, hedges must be trimmed regularly, and rubbish, weeds and undergrowth
      must not be allowed to accumulate
   B. To keep the interior in reasonable condition, to report all repairs promptly, including
      repairs to any communal areas, and to pay the cost of making good or replacing any
      damage to the property, fixtures and fittings not caused by fair wear and tear. This
      includes glazing.
   C. To allow authorised officers and contractors of the Council to enter the premises to
      inspect the state of repairs and carry out necessary repairs and essential annual servicing
      of gas appliances (as required by legislation AND FOR YOUR SAFETY)
   D. Gardens are not to be used for the storage of shopping trolleys, or discarded vehicular or
      household items. These will include refrigerators, freezers, washing-machines, engines
      etc.
3.3 NUISANCE, VIOLENCE AND ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR ISSUES
   A. Not to use, or allow other members of your household or visitors to use, the property for
      any criminal, immoral or illegal purposes, including possessing, supplying, storing or
      using any illegal drugs or storing or handling stolen goods
   B. Tenants, members of their households and their visitors are not to cause, allow or permit:
          Harassment, use (or threaten of use) of violence to, or to verbally, physically,
             sexually or racially abuse or harass other residents, or employees, contractors or
             other agents of the Council
          Nuisance or annoyance, whether in their own property or in any communal areas
             associated with an estate. The following are deemed by the Council to be examples
             of behaviour likely to cause nuisance or annoyance:
          Excessive noise, whether from radios, television, hi-fi, musical instruments, DIY
             activity, late night parties or gatherings, business, domestic or hobbies
          Use of offensive language
          Offensive drunkenness
          Failure to control the behaviour of any domestic pets, including taking adequate
             precautions to prevent barking in and fouling of neighbourhood areas
          Constant revving of motorcycle and car engines on the roadway adjacent to the
             property


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3.4 CARS AND PARKING
   A. To seek the prior consent of the Council before creating a vehicular access at the
      property. Not to park any caravan in front of a building line without permission from the
      Council. No other vehicle, trailer or boat should be parked anywhere on the property
      without prior written permission
   B. Not to persistently park a vehicle or vehicles on the gardens, drives footpaths or grassed
      area near to the property or on the roadway adjacent to the property
   C. Not to regularly carry out vehicle repairs on the gardens, grassed areas, drives or
      footpaths near to the property or on the roadway adjacent to the property
   D. Not to use any parking bays or communal parking areas in the way described in 3.4 B and
      C above
3.5 PETS
   A. To keep domestic** pets under control. Permission is required to keep animals other than
      domestic pets. No more than two of a particular animal is permitted. A maximum of six
      domestic pets is permitted.

** domestic pets are most likely to be cats and dogs but could equally be snakes or rabbits. For
the purposes of these tenancy conditions, caged animals, such as small birds, or rodents or
animals kept in tanks, such as fish, will not be limited to six.
3.6 APPLICABLE ONLY TO TENANTS IN RECEIPT OF FLOATING SUPPORT
FROM A CASE WORKER APPOINTED BY THE COUNCIL
   A. It is a condition of your tenancy that you meet your Case Worker at least once each week.
      The meetings will take place at your home
   B. Your Case Worker will agree a convenient time and date for each meeting with you. If
      you are unable to keep your appointment you must let the Case Worker know as soon as
      possible, and explain why. A new appointment will be agreed.
   C. You must make reasonable attempts to agree times and dates for the meetings with your
      Case Worker
   D. You must also take an active part in the meetings and tell the Case Worker of any
      problems you are having
   E. You must accept any help or advice offered to you by the Case Worker unless it would be
      unreasonable for you to do so
   F. These meetings will continue until the Case Worker is reasonably satisfied that you are
      able to manage your tenancy without this help
3.7 WHAT YOUR CASE WORKER WILL DO
During the meeting your Case Worker will make sure that you are keeping to all your tenancy
conditions, and will offer you help and advice on matters such as housing benefit claims,
payment of bills, or anything else relating to your tenancy. The Case Worker will tell the
Council:
    of any problems or difficulties you are having with your tenancy, so that any necessary
      help can be offered to you to help you to keep your tenancy
    whether or not each week’s meeting has taken place
    any explanation you give for missing a meeting
    whether or not you co-operate in arranging meetings
    whether or not you take an active part in the meetings


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4.0 MISCELLANEOUS
   A. To occupy the property as your sole or principal home. All notices, issued by the Council,
      in implementing its role as landlord of the property, will be served at the property
   B. To allow authorised officers of the Council to enter the premises to carry out a post-
      tenancy visit which will indicate that the tenant has taken up occupation of the property
   C. To give the Council 4 weeks written notice of the termination of tenancy, beginning and
      ending on a Monday. On the expiry of this period all keys should be returned to the
      Housing and Environmental Health Department by 10am (to avoid further rental charges)
      and the dwelling should be cleared of all the tenants effects. The property and fixtures
      will be inspected and the tenant will be charged for any damage, clearance, storage and
      disposal of discarded items and rubbish, cleaning and fumigation of the property, missing
      fixtures and fittings and lock changes carried out when an incomplete set of keys is
      returned
   D. Not to store anything within the property that is likely to be hazardous or prejudicial to
      the health and wellbeing of members of the household, their visitors or occupiers of
      surrounding properties
   E. Not to store or discard items in the communal areas, or outside of the curtilage of the
      property, which are likely to be prejudicial to the health and safety of tenants, members
      of their household, visitors to their property or employees, contractors and other agents of
      the Council
   F. To understand that the personal information that you provide in connection with your
      tenancy will be used by the Council in order to manage your tenancy and provide you
      with the services to which you are entitled
   G. To understand that the Council reserves the right to share this information with other
      agencies where to do so is necessary for the prevention and detection of crime. Any
      sharing of information in these circumstances will be in accordance with the appropriate
      statutory power(s) to disclose information and in accordance with any sharing of
      Information Protocol that the Council and those agencies may have entered into




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