Once the new rules come in to force, tenants will be known as ‘contract holders’.
Most tenancies and licences, including assured shorthold, assured and secure tenancies, will be replaced with either:
- a secure occupation contract, or
- a standard occupation contract.
The type of occupation contract given will depend on whether the property is owned by a private landlord or a council or housing association.
There will be some different occupation contracts for specific types of housing, such as supported housing, and introductory (sometimes known as ‘probationary’) contracts.
If you already have a tenancy or licence, it will automatically ‘convert’ to the relevant occupation contract on the date that the new rules come in (currently the 1 December 2022).
Some situations, including regulated Rent Act tenancies, direct access hostels or some accommodation provided under a temporary homelessness duty, will not be affected.