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Moving or swapping your home

Time to move on?

Maybe your family has grown, or you don’t need as much space anymore, or you’d like to move to another part of the country.

Whatever your reason for wanting to move there’s help available.

Transfer

If you want to move to another home in your local area you can apply to the council for a transfer. To do this you apply to join your local council’s transfer register. All councils run their transfer registers differently, so you should contact them to find out how they run theirs. If you want to move to a smaller home, your local council may give you extra priority. 

 

Swapping homes

Most people find the quickest way to move is by finding someone to swap homes with. This is called a mutual exchange or property swap. You can swap with another VIVID tenant or a tenant of another housing association or council, anywhere in the country.

  • Firstly, to find a swap just sign up online and register with HomeSwapper as a VIVID tenant. 
  • Once you've found a match, just contact the owner of that property and arrange a viewing. If you agree that you'd like to swap, simply fill out our application form. And a new home could be just a few clicks away.
  • Once you've submitted your swap application, please allow 6 weeks to find out if it's been accepted.
  • When we’ve received all the application forms we’ll do some initial checks. If everything's OK we’ll inspect your property. Both you and the tenants swapping with you should be at this inspection. Remember, you could be responsible for repairs in your home, which may need to be done before the swap can go ahead. And to keep you safe, we’ll get gas and electrical safety checks done on your home.
  • When the swap is approved. All tenants must sign the final paperwork.

It’s important that you don’t move until we’ve agreed your swap in writing, and everyone has signed the tenancy paperwork. If you move without the agreement of all the landlords involved you’ll have to move back and may face legal action because you’ve broken the terms of your tenancy.

 

Will it affect my rights and responsibilities?

When you swap you take on the tenancy at your new home. Different tenancies can have different conditions. These conditions affect your rights and responsibilities, in particular around succession (who may be able to have your tenancy when you die) and your right to buy your home. So, it’s important that you read and understand the tenancy conditions for your new home. 

Swapping your home application form

Why might the swap be refused?
 

  • If anyone
    • is in debt with their rent or owes money such as court costs
    • hasn't kept to the terms of their tenancy agreement
    • has had a notice seeking possession within the last 12 months
    • has a court order against them, or the landlord has started the legal process to get a court order
    • has enough income, savings and assets to rent privately or buy their own home.
  • If either home
    • is too big
    • is too small
    • is designed or adapted for a specific group of people and nobody moving in is in this group. This includes homes with disabled adaptations, close to a special needs facility, in a rural development, or specified for an age group, such as over 55’s. 

What about buying a home?

You may think you can’t afford to buy a home, but with shared ownership your money goes a lot further.

You only buy a percentage of the property, you need to borrow less money for a mortgage and save a much smaller deposit. Sound interesting?  Find out more.

You may also be able to buy the home you rent from us depending on the type of tenancy you have and your personal circumstances. The options currently available include:

  • Right to buy the home you rent from us. You may get a discount, meaning you pay less than the property would sell for on the open market.  Find out more.
  • Right to aquire is similar to right to buy and again you may get a discount meaning you pay less than you would on the open market.  Find out more.
  • Social Homebuy you may be able to part buy - part rent the home you rent from us.  Find out more.

Moving out?

If you're moving out of one of our homes, or looking to move on to another property, take a look at our moving out guidelines.

What to do when moving out

HomeSwapper

To find someone to swap homes with, just sign up online and register with HomeSwapper as a VIVID tenant.

Shared ownership

You may think you can’t afford to buy a home, but with shared ownership you only buy a percentage of the property. Sound interesting?

Moving out

If you're moving out of one of our homes, or looking to move on to another property, take a look at our moving out guidelines.