When a council tenant dies a member of the family may be legally entitled to take over the tenancy. This is called 'succession'.

If the deceased tenant took the tenancy as a succession or assignment from someone else, the tenancy cannot be passed on again.

There can only be one succession to a tenancy.


A married or unmarried partner (including same-sex partners) may be able to take over the tenancy, with the right to stay in the family home.

If a secure tenancy was granted before 1 April 2012, other family members (see list below) are also eligible to succeed however we reserve the right to request a move to a smaller home where necessary:

  • parents
  • grandparents
  • children (including adopted and stepchildren)
  • grandchildren
  • siblings
  • aunts and uncles
  • nieces and nephews.

If there is more than one family member eligible they should agree on who takes over the tenancy. If they can not agree, we will look at all relevant factors and make a decision.

Apply for succession

If you think you may be eligible you should contact the tenancy management team on 01932 838383 or email as soon as possible after the death of the tenant.

If you do not have the right to succeed to the tenancy we will discuss your housing options with you.