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Starter Tenancies - New from April 2013

From April 2013, Dales will be granting Starter Tenancies to all new tenants who have not held a tenancy prior to the tenancy being granted.

What is a Starter Tenancy?

It is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy for a period of up to 12 months. It effectively means that you are on probation for an initial period of a year. If you meet the required standards by not breaking any of the terms of the tenancy agreement, we will convert your Starter Tenancy to a full Assured tenancy.

Landlords must take greater steps to assist customers who are not complying with the terms of their tenancy and your Neighbourhood Co-ordinator will make three review visits to your home during the first year to make sure that you are keeping to the terms of your tenancy by, for example, paying the rent, looking after your home and not causing any nuisance to others. This is also your chance to talk to us about any aspect of the services we provide.

What rights does a Starter Tenant have?

Starter Tenants enjoy many of the same rights as an Assured Tenant including:

However they do not have the following:

What are the responsibilities of a Starter Tenant?

The responsibilities of the Starter Tenant are similar to the assured tenants and are outlined in the tenancy agreement. If the tenancy is breached, the Starter Tenant will be notified and advised what to do to bring it into line; otherwise action may be taken against them. A Starter Tenancy can be terminated swiftly if the agreement is breached.

Dales do not have to prove any reasons to the court that we want to end the tenancy; we only have to ensure that the correct notice has been provided. However, we do have an appeals procedure for customers should they wish to defend the notice that has been served.

What happens at the end of the Starter Period?

A Starter Tenant will be notified that the tenancy will become assured 12 months from the date it started.