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I would check with the landlord you are still a joint tenant, if you are on the tenancy agreement you do have a right to the property. It is worth noting that while you are on the joint tenancy agreement you are also responsible for any rent arrrears that your ex may have fallen into.
If you are on the tenancy agreement, I would seek independent advice about moving back into the proeprty as annonymous has said in the last post.
I can understand why you feel the council are bieing difficult, however due to tenancies this will not be the case.
A new tenant has to complete the first 12 months of their tenancy as an "introductory tenant", while carrying out their introductory tenancy they will not have as many rights as secure tenants. If the council are happy with the way the tenancy has been carried out they will automatically go onto a secure tenancy.
This isin't up to the council or individual housing landlords, its legislation!
The other reason people are not usually allowed to exchange is due to rent arrears.
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If you are a tenant of a council, the first 12 months of your tenancy is on an "introductory tenancy" which means you do not have as many rights as a secure tenant.
When you have completed your first 12 months, if there are no problems with your tenancy you will become a secure tenant. If there have been issues the landlord may extend your introductory tenancy for another 6 months.
You can look at exchanges and what is available but will be unable to actually exchange until you become a secure tenant.
Hope this helps.
If you have a secure tenancy with your Council then you can take in a Lodger. At present, this is one of the suggestions the government have come up with to cover the benenfit loss on spare bedroom tax. The government also feel it is a way to help single people to find a place to live.
However - do check your tenancy and speak to your housing officer. Many tenancy agreements do state that the landlords will need the details of your lodger and you will need written confirmation from the landlord before the lodger can move in.
Check out the information on Shelters website about taking in a lodger, they have useful informaiton about having a written agreement and setting out ground rules before you move in.
I take minutes frequently for council meetings with tenants and leaseholders. In the copy of the typed up minutes, I state who was attended the meeting, but do not state who asked the questions. For example i might state:
Joe bloggs (senior housing officer) gave an update on how the spare bedroom tax is going to affect our tenants.
The following questions were asked:
how many will households will be affected? Joe responded =
Which officer is going to give support to tenants? Joe responded =
In the minutes I acutally write as the meeting happens I do keep track of who has asked the question so that if officers do want more information I can give it to them when requested.
i hope this helps.