If your parent or parents were the tenants of your council home, their tenancy started before 1 April 2012 and they have died, you may be able to take over the tenancy, as long as you have lived with them continuously for the last twelve months and the right of succession has not already been used.
If your parent/parents did not become tenants until 1 April 2012 or after, there has been no previous succession and the property is appropriate for your needs, we may allow a discretionary succession to the tenancy if you have lived with them for at least the year preceding their death.
By law, there is only one right of succession to a tenancy i.e. the tenancy can only be passed on once. In limited circumstances we may consider an application to grant a new tenancy to a surviving family member where the right of succession has already been exercised, the property is suitable for their needs and they lived with the deceased for the five consecutive years preceding the tenant's death. Where the application is not successful there is a right of appeal to the housing appeals committee.
If you succeed to the tenancy of a property that is not suitable for your needs, e.g. a sheltered flat and you are under 60 years of age, we may take steps to provide you with more suitable accommodation.
You must contact your area housing office to discuss the tenancy.
Tel: (01482) 393939.