Adding someone as a joint tenant
To add a partner or spouse to your tenancy you’ll need to apply for a joint tenancy. This means you’ll both become legally responsible for paying the rent and the other responsibilities of the tenancy.
If you just need someone to be able to contact us on your behalf, for example to report repairs, you don’t need a joint tenancy. You can give them authority to act on your behalf.
Before you start
Please note, we can’t progress your application if you’re in arrears or if you’ve had a joint tenancy before.
Important: You can lose some of your legal rights by adding a joint tenant as it involves ending your current tenancy, so we advise you to seek legal advice before applying.
How to apply
Complete our become a become a joint tenant application form. Before you start, make sure you have the following to hand:
- A copy or photo of 2 letters giving your details and requesting the joint tenancy. One must be signed by the current tenant and the other by the person you wish to add
- The person you wish to add details, including things like national insurance number.
- A copy of your marriage certificate
- If you're not married, then you will need proof of address for your partner for the past 12 months. These need to be from a variety of different sources on headed paper that show their name, address, and date. For example, council tax bill, bank statement, doctor's letter, driving license.
Process and timescales
- Once we’ve received the form with both letters attached we’ll:
- Carry out a set of checks which are to protect you and settle and to ensure we follow housing law
- Write to you and let you know if the joint tenancy can proceed
- If it can proceed, we’ll arrange with you to end your current tenancy and come to our office and sign the new joint tenancy agreement
- Your new joint tenancy will start after the 4-week notice period of your current tenancy expiring
If you would like to just add them as an occupant, please see our add/remove occupant form.