Westminster City Council tenants have a tenancy agreement which is a legal agreement between them and the council.
The tenancy agreement sets out the conditions of the tenancy and describes the rights and responsibilities of the tenant, as well as the council's responsibilities as the landlord. It is important that these conditions are read carefully, as a tenant may lose their home if they do not keep to them.
Westminster City Council offers introductory, flexible and secure tenancies
Most new council tenants receive an introductory tenancy for one year, followed by a flexible tenancy for a fixed term of five years. At the end of the fixed term there will be a review to decide if the tenancy should be renewed, at the same or at another address. The council’s tenancy policy sets out in detail when flexible tenancies will be offered and the circumstances in which they will be renewed.
Tenants whose tenancy started before September 2013 are introductory or secure tenants and will receive another secure tenancy if they move to a different council property.
Secure tenancies are also offered to new tenants moving into community supportive (sheltered) housing and are aged 60 years or over.
Secure tenancies have no end date and tenants normally have the right to stay in their home for as long as they want. These tenancies can sometimes be brought to an end by the landlord with a court order if, for example, the tenant has not kept to the terms of the tenancy agreement.