Tenancy: where do I stand?
28/05/2011 3:56 pm
Any ideas on this (if you like hair-splitting kinds of question)? I am a tenant of an organization that has recently changed from being an ALMO to being a housing association. I was a secure tenant, having gone past the end of my introductory period.
The association is now asking us - the existing 'secure' tenants - to sign new tenancy agreements. The agreements are 'assured (non-shorthold) (preserved rights)'. I understand that a housing association can't offer a secure tenancy.
My first question is: having not so far signed the new agreement, what is my current tenure? (Did I automatically become 'assured' when the organization changed? Or did I automatically become 'assured (preseved rights)'? Or have I got no tenure at all until I sign? Or am I still 'secure' until I sign? Or what?)
Secondly, in general, what would I gain/lose by signing? And what would I gain/lose by not signing? Or does it not make any difference?
Any input would be welcome. All I have so far is the hype from the organization, saying how great things are now, and how important it is that I sign. Thanks.