Your Tenancy Agreement

Your tenancy agreement is a legally binding document between yourself – the named tenant/s and Shropshire Council.

It sets out what your rights and responsibilities are as a tenant.

It is important that you understand the terms and conditions of your tenancy. This will have been explained to you when you signed up for your new home. If you have any questions about your tenancy, you should refer back to your tenancy agreement, or contact your Housing Officer.

Your tenancy is made up of:

  • 12 month introductory tenancy.
  • 5 year fixed term tenancy.

Or if you are over 55 and have not held a tenancy previously;

  • 12 month introductory tenancy.
  • Then a secure tenancy.


You are a tenant of Shropshire Council, but your tenancy is managed by us - STAR Housing.


Throughout your tenancy you have responsibilities that you must meet, details of which can be found on the link below.

There are three types of tenancies:

Introductory Tenancy

If you have been a tenant for less than 12 months you will probably be an Introductory Tenant.

You have fewer rights if you are an Introductory Tenant but as long as there are no problems during the first 12 months of your tenancy you will automatically become a flexible/secure tenant.

Flexible Tenancy

As of 1st April 2013 as a new tenant you will be given a flexible tenancy. This means that after 5 years your tenancy may end or you may be asked to move property to better suit your needs. The details of this will be explained to you before you sign your tenancy.

Secure Tenancy

If you have been a tenant for at least 12 months or you have transferred your tenancy from another Local Authority landlord you are a Secure Tenant.

Joint Tenancies

More than one person can hold a tenancy. This is known as a joint tenancy. Each tenant is jointly and individually responsible for abiding by the conditions of the tenancy.

Joint tenancies are usually offered to married couples, civil partners or couples that can demonstrate that they have had a relationship for at least 12 months. Where a tenancy is joint; both parties must be over 18 and must both sign the tenancy agreement. 

How do I end my tenancy?

If you want to end your tenancy then this must be confirmed to us in writing. Your tenancy will then end 4 weeks from the Monday following the day you give notice.

If you leave anything in the property that wasn’t there when you took on the tenancy or you leave any damage behind, you will be charged to remove the items or fix the damage.