Council tenants’ rights
Council tenants usually have stronger rights than most private rented tenants. The type of tenancy agreement the council give you will affect many of your rights, including how and when the council can evict you, how your rent can be increased and whether you can pass your tenancy on.
In Wales, councils provide secure, introductory and demoted tenancies. If you are in England you may have a different tenancy. See Shelter for more advice about council tenants in England.
The council should give you a written agreement, which says clearly what type of tenancy you have, and outlines your rights and responsibilities.
If you live in temporary housing that the council arranged because you were homeless, you may not be a council tenant at all. Your rights depend on whether your landlord is the council, a housing association or a private landlord. Get advice if you need help.
An introductory tenancy is a one-year trial council tenancy. It gives you most of the same rights as a secure council tenancy but you can be evicted much more easily.