Help and advice for council tenants

We are committed to dealing with anti-social behaviour and have an anti-social behaviour policy and procedures in place to help tenants understand how they can report, or expect the council to deal with anti-social behaviour cases.

Your responsibilities and rights as a tenant are set in the tenants handbook and are very important. If you do not keep to your responsibilities you may put your tenancy at risk. You may also request a change of tenancy.

Tenants handbook

Most new tenants are given introductory council tenancies. This is a probationary tenancy for 12 months, but it can be extended to 18 months. It is important that you as a tenant understand what your responsibilities are as a Introductory Tenant. In addition, we grant flexible (five year fixed term) tenancies on all properties with two bedrooms or more. Lifetime tenancies will only be offered for certain sheltered housing schemes and one bedroomed properties.

Mutual exchange provides an explanation of your legal rights as a tenant of Harrogate Borough Council and you can find out how to exchange through HomeSwapper.

As a tenant there are a number of payment options available to help you with paying your rent.

We are responsible for rent setting, this is a process which determines how much rent our tenants pay each year to live in their property.

You may find this information useful if you are thinking about taking in a lodger.