If you and your partner, family member or friend are both named on your tenancy agreement, you have a joint tenancy.

You both have equal responsibilities and rights in your tenancy, which includes paying the rent or keeping the property in good condition. Even if one of you moves out, you are both still responsible for the tenancy unless their name is taken off the tenancy agreement.

  • Intermediate Rent

    Your deposit

    If you have given Hightown a deposit for a joint tenancy, you both have equal rights to any deposit returned at the end of your tenancy. It's easiest if you can provide details of your joint bank account so we can return the deposit to you.

    If one of you wants to forfeit your right to the deposit, you will need to put this in writing before we can return the deposit to the other tenant.

    If one of you moves out

    The best thing to do if you don't want to have a joint tenancy anymore is to contact your Homeownership Officer for advice. MyHightown users can find the details for their Homeownership Officer here.

    When you agree...

    If you both agree who will take on the tenancy, then you can apply for a sole tenancy (i.e. a tenancy in one person's name).

    You would need to:

    1. have a clear rent account.
    2. the person who wants to leave needs to write to us and ask to be taken off the tenancy. They also need to give a forwarding address.
    3. the person who wants to stay needs to write to us and tell us that they want to take on the tenancy on their own.
    4. we will need to check that you can afford the property on your own. You will need to submit 3 months of bank statements, proof of income and evidence of any debts or financial commitments.
    5. the tenant who is staying needs to come in to sign a new tenancy agreement.

    When you don't agree...

    In a 'matrimonial dispute' either you or your partner can apply to the County Court for an order to put the tenancy in your/their name only. You would need to get advice from a solicitor in this situation.

  • Affordable tenancies

    If one of you moves out

    The best thing to do if you don't want to have a joint tenancy anymore is to contact your Housing Officer for advice. MyHightown users can find the details for their Housing Officer here.

    When you agree...

    If you both agree who will take on the tenancy, then you can apply for a sole tenancy (i.e. a tenancy in one person's name).

    You would need to:

    1. have a clear rent account.
    2. the person who wants to leave needs to write to us and ask to be taken off the tenancy. They also need to give a forwarding address.
    3. the person who wants to stay needs to write to us and tell us that they want to take on the tenancy on their own.
    4. we will confirm if this is ok.
    5. the tenant who is staying needs to come in to sign a new tenancy agreement.

    When you don't agree...

    In a 'matrimonial dispute' either you or your partner can apply to the County Court for an order to put the tenancy in your/their name only. You would need to get advice from a solicitor in this situation. 

How to get a joint tenancy

You can ask to enter into a joint tenancy for your current home with a partner, family member or friend.

You would need to:

  1. have a clear rent account
  2. write to us to ask to add someone to your tenancy
  3. show that your proposed joint tenant has lived with you for 12 months (unless you are married). If you haven't let us know that someone has moved in with you, log in to MyHightown to give us their details.
  4. both of you would need to sign a new tenancy agreement

We can't always give our tenants a joint tenancy. We look at each situation individually and there are lots of reasons why we might refuse. A few examples are:

  • you owe rent or have other debts to Hightown
  • your joint tenant has another tenancy or owns another property
  • your joint tenant would not use the property as their main home

You can always contact your Housing Officer to get some more advice about your situation.