Flexible Tenancies

Priority neighbourhoods and flexible tenancies

We have leased a number of properties in the city from private owners that were not in use.  These properties have been leased for a 10 to 15 year period and then renovated and brought up to a suitable standard and then rented to customers on the housing list. 

These tenancies are offered as a flexible tenancy.

Flexible Secure Tenancies

A new tenancy type and is very similar to a secure lifetime tenancy but it has a fixed end date.

For the period of the flexible tenancy, you would pay your rent to the council, the council would carry out any necessary repairs to the property and you would have some of the same rights as council tenants.

At the end of the flexible tenancy period, you may have the option to remain in the property and become the tenant of the private owner (with the agreement of both parties) or the council will decide whether a tenancy or another property will be offered.

Length of a Flexible tenancy

The flexible tenancies will vary in length but will never be less than two years.

If a property is to be offered on a flexible tenancy, the advert will state this and will also say how long the tenancy will be for. The tenancy will only become a flexible secure tenancy after the successful completion of the introductory tenancy period.

At the end of a flexible tenancy

Our tenancy policy sets out the review criteria at the end of a flexible secure tenancy. To request a copy of the Tenancy Policy please telephone 01482 300 300.

Well in advance of the end of the tenancy the council will carry out a review of the tenancy and look at how the tenancy has been maintained. Where the tenancy has been maintained well the council may consider offering an alternative council property should a suitable property be available at that time.

We will not be able to offer another flexible secure tenancy or a secure lifetime tenancy for the same property, for those properties in Priority Neighbourhoods as we do not own the properties. The owners may offer an assured shorthold tenancy at the end of the lease term.

Mutual exchange and flexible tenancies

Secure lifetime tenants and assured tenants of social housing can 'mutual exchange'. This is the legal right to swap your home with another tenant. If you have a flexible tenancy, the process is slightly different. For more information please contact your local housing office on 01482 300 300.

Moving to another council property

Flexible secure tenants are permitted to transfer to other council properties in the same way as secure lifetime tenants. You would need to register a new Homesearch application and successfully bid for another property.

Priority neighbourhoods flexible tenancy and the right to buy

Flexible secure tenants of Hull City Council will not have the right to buy the leased properties as the council does not have the the right to sell them. You can however build up right to buy years during the flexible secure tenancy period and these will count should you be re-housed into another secure council tenancy.

Responsibility for repairs

The council has leased the properties from a private owner and during the lease the council is responsible for repairs and maintenance. If you wish to raise a non emergency repair this can be done online via the housing self serve portal -

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For all emergency repairs please raise these by calling 01482 300 300.