Your Starter Tenancy
What is a starter tenancy?
Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) gives all new tenants a starter tenancy. This usually lasts for 12 months and will convert to a five year fixed term tenancy at the end of the period if you have conducted your tenancy satisfactorily.
Your tenancy agreement explains what rights and responsibilities you have. You should read it carefully before signing it.
What happens during the first 12 months?
Your housing officer will at the sign up of your tenancy arrange a moving in visit within four to six weeks. They may again choose to visit you six months later, and then nine months after your tenancy started. These visits are to check that everything is going smoothly and there are no problems in managing your tenancy.
What if there are problems?
If there are problems in managing your tenancy, we will investigate to see if things can be sorted out and work with you to resolve the situation. If the problem is serious, or if you do not co-operate with us to find a solution, we may take steps to end your tenancy and you may lose your home.
Fixed Term Tenancy
What happens after 12 months?
At the end of the 12 months your starter tenancy will automatically convert to a fixed term tenancy, providing we have not started proceedings to end your tenancy or decided to extend your starter tenancy. If BCHG decides to extend the starter tenancy for a further six months, we will write to you to inform you of this decision and the reasons why before the end of the first 12 months.
What rights do starter residents have?
Residents on a starter tenancy have broadly the same rights as fixed term residents, but do not have the following:
- Right to exchange the tenancy (swap your home with another resident)
- Right to assign except by court order
- Right to make improvements to their home and claim compensation for them
- Right to acquire.
When your tenancy converts to a fixed term tenancy you will have the above rights. You will still need to get our written permission before you exchange, assign or make improvements.
Examples of reasons why we may begin proceedings to end a starter tenancy are:
- Behaving in an anti-social manner (e.g. causing excessive or persistent noise, shouting, swearing)
- Drug dealing or illegal use of drugs
- Actual or threatened violence or abuse towards any person
- Domestic abuse
- Damaging the property
- Dumping rubbish
- Unkempt gardens
- Causing parking problems
- Allowing pets to cause a nuisance
- Gaining a tenancy fraudulently
- Sub-letting your property
Please note the above list of examples is not exhaustive.
If BCHG decides to take court action against you to regain possession of the property, you can lodge an appeal, within 10 days of being served with the notice requiring possession, to the Head of Housing.
What support is available?
There are various support services to assist new and existing residents in the successful management of their homes and tenancy, including advice about money and benefits.
For further information about the range of services please see our website at www.bchg.co.uk or call our Housing Team on 0121 561 1969