- On 1 December 2022 your renting agreement became a ’converted occupation contract’ unless one of the exceptions mentioned here applies
- The type of converted contract you have depends on who your landlord is and the type of tenancy agreement you had before 1 December 2022
- Your converted contract provides important new rights, but many of the terms of your original agreement will still apply
If you moved into your home before 1 December 2022, you probably had one of the following kinds of renting agreements:
- secure tenancy
- demoted tenancy (a secure tenancy downgraded due to antisocial behaviour)
- introductory tenancy (council tenants who recently moved in)
Housing association tenancies
- assured tenancy
- demoted tenancy (an assured tenancy downgraded to an assured shorthold tenancy due to antisocial behaviour)
- starter tenancies (assured shorthold tenants who recently moved in)
- fixed term assured shorthold tenant (if you were still within the fixed term)
- periodic assured shorthold tenant (if you had stayed after the end of a fixed term tenancy)
These kinds of renting agreements all converted into occupation contracts on 1 December 2022. The kind of converted occupation contract you have depends on who your landlord is and the kind of tenancy agreement you had before 1 December 2022.
Do the terms of the agreement I had before 1 December still apply?
In most cases, yes. The terms of the tenancy agreement that you had before 1 December 2022 are still binding on you and your landlord. The only exception to this is if the terms of the agreement you made before 1 December 2022 are incompatible with the fundamental terms of the new type of occupation contract you have.
This means that converted contracts are very similar to contracts that start after 1 December 2022, but there are some different rules.
When should I receive a converted contract in writing?
Your landlord has until 31 May 2023 to provide you with a written occupation contract. This agreement should incorporate the terms of your original agreement made before 1 December 2022. You do not need to sign this agreement.
If you do consider signing the agreement your landlord gives you, be sure to check that the agreement is not a new contract and doesn’t take away any strong rights that your original agreement gave you.
When you receive the converted contract you should check it to ensure it is correct. If you aren’t sure, get help.
What kind of converted occupation contract do I have now?
Select from the options below to find out what kind of converted contract you have, and what this means for you.
I have a community landlord - what type of converted contract have I got?
Councils and housing associations are now known as ‘community landlords’. If you had a tenancy with a community landlord before 1 December 2022 you now have a converted occupation contract. There are different types of converted contracts
I have a private landlord. What type of converted contract have I got?
If you have a private landlord and were an assured shorthold or an assured tenant before 1 December 2022, then you probably have a converted standard contract. There are 2 main types of converted standard contract that you can have with a private landlord: a converted periodic standard contract or a converted fixed term standard contract.
I started living in emergency or temporary accommodation before 1 December 2022
Emergency or accommodation agreements did not all automatically convert to occupation contracts on 1 December 2022. However, in certain circumstances your agreement may have become a converted occupation contract on that date.
I'm an asylum seeker and was given a council or housing association tenancy before 1 December 2022
Most people housed under asylum and immigration rules before 1 December 2022 do not have an occupation contract. However, if you were given a secure council tenancy or licence or an assured housing association tenancy before that date you might have a converted secure occupation contract.
I'm an asylum seeker and was given an assured shorthold tenancy with a private landlord before 1 December 2022
Most people housed under asylum and immigration rules before 1 December 2022 do not have an occupation contract. However, if you were given an assured shorthold tenancy with a private landlord before that date you might have a converted standard occupation contract.