If you want to move from your council home to another, there are 3 main options available to you. You can register with Home-Link, a lettings scheme that prioritises applicants by their housing need, or you can try to find a mutual exchange. If you are keen to move out of Cambridge, you can apply to Homefinder UK.
If you apply through Home-Link, a transfer is only likely to be granted if:
- You live in a property that is too large or small for your needs
- You have a medical need that is made worse by your current housing conditions
- You are a victim of harassment or violence
There is a lot of demand for housing through Home-Link, so you might want to try to find a mutual exchange. This involves finding a tenant of a council property who will swap homes with you – it can be faster than going through Home-Link.
We must approve all exchanges, and we will need to inpect your property to do so. There is legislation governing them, including grounds for us to refuse exchanges, such as a property being too large for your needs.
When you book an inspection, we’ll ask whether anyone in your home is displaying coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. If this changes before the inspection date, please inform us immediately.
For the safety or your family and our staff, we have changed the way we carry out inspections and electrical checks. During the inspection:
- Open the front and back doors and leave internal doors open, to minimise our use of door handles
- Keep working areas well ventilated and free of obstructions
- Stay in another room with everybody in your household who is present
If you cannot do this, we will leave the property. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.
The Homefinder UK scheme is a good way to get a quick move to social housing elsewhere in the country, without needing to find someone to swap with.
Move to a smaller home
While it can be difficult to give up a family home that you have lived in for a long time, we encourage you to consider whether you still need a property as large as you have.
We are not currently accepting applications for our downsizing scheme, as the budget for 2020/21 has been spent.
In some cases we can help with the cost of moving to a smaller property. You are eligible if you have held your tenancy for two or more years and receive a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP).
|Moving from||Moving to||Removal cost allowance|
|2-bedroom property||1-bedroom property||£450|
|3-bedroom property||2-bedroom property||£650|
|3-bedroom property||1-bedroom property||£650|
|4-bedroom property||3-bedroom property||£800|
|4-bedroom property||2-bedroom property||£800|
|4-bedroom property||1-bedroom property||£800|
|5-bedroom property||4-bedroom property||£800|
|5-bedroom property||3-bedroom property||£800|
|5-bedroom property||2-bedroom property||£800|
|5-bedroom property||1-bedroom property||£800|
This incentive is also applicable through mutual exchange, provided all parties are moving to a property they would be eligible for under our letting policy.
We hope that more money will be allocated to the under-occupancy scheme budget in April 2021. If it is, you’ll be able to apply if you have held your tenancy for two or more years.