What is a Sitting or Protected Tenant? What are the rights?

Sitting tenancies (also referred to as Protected Tenancies) are secure lettings where the tenant is entitled by law to reside at the property under a contractual tenancy or statutory tenancy.

The spouse of the tenant is entitled to succeed to the sitting tenancy. A son or daughter can also succeed to a protected tenancy provided certain conditions are met as laid down in The Rent Act 1977. Generally, any member of the successor tenant’s family continuously living with the successor tenant for a period of two years prior to the demise of the tenant is entitled to succeed to an Assured Periodic Tenancy. In such cases the family member enjoys a protected tenancy for life but at an open market rent and not a controlled rent set by The Rent Service. There can be no further successions after this.

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