Moving home

There are many reasons you might want move out of your Habinteg home. You may be moving in with a family member or partner, relocating to another part of the country, or wanting to arrange a swap with another social housing tenant. If you want to move out,  the first thing you need to do is let us know so we can help. 

Ending your tenancy and moving out

If you wish to end your tenancy, you must give Habinteg 28 days written notice. It is also helpful if you inform us of your new address at this time. We will acknowledge your notice and send you details of your rent account.

You must pay any money owed before you leave the property. If you give less than 28 days notice, rent will normally be charged in lieu of notice, to the end of the 28 day period.

There may be cause for you to extend your notice, especially if you are buying your own home. Please let us know as soon as possible.

Before you leave we will carry out an inspection of your property. You will be charged for any repairs or damage you are responsible for in the property, as well as for the disposal of any goods left in the property. You will also be recharged for the cost of cleaning the property after you have left, if we need to do this in order to re-let it.

If you have any lodgers, you must make sure they leave before your tenancy ends.

All keys for your property should be returned by the date your tenancy expires. If you do not return the keys, Habinteg will charge you for the cost of gaining access and of changing the locks.

If you're thinking of ending your tenancy please contact us today.

Arranging a mutual exchange

A mutual exchange is when you swap your home with another Habinteg, council or housing association tenant.  For a mutual exchange, you must:

  • hold the legal right to make an application to exchange (see your tenancy agreement to check that you do)
  • find someone suitable to swap homes with
  • get written permission from your landlords
  • complete the legal paperwork before your move

If you swap homes without permission or without the necessary documents, you will both be at risk of eviction.

House Exchange is an online service which helps you find other tenants to exchange tenancies with. If you are interested in this service you should register online via the House Exchange website at www.houseexchange.org.uk.

If you have found someone to swap homes with, you can make an online application here.

Mutual Exchange

 

Moving from one Habinteg home to another

It is possible for existing Habinteg tenants to request an internal transfer. To be eligible for a transfer you must meet certain requirements and have approval from your Neighbourhood Manager to be accepted onto the waiting list. It is also dependent on availability of homes within your chosen area.  

To request an internal transfer, please complete the application form. 

 

Application form for housing transfer

Moving from a Habinteg home to another local authority or housing association home

It is possible for existing Habinteg tenants to request an external transfer. Contact your local authority housing department to apply for a tenancy transfer. In most instances, you will be asked to fill in a form or register online.

 

Moving home FAQs

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What requirements do I need to meet to transfer?

You can transfer to another home if one or more of the following apply to you:

  • You have too many bedrooms or not enough for your household;
  • Your current home is not affordable and a different home would help your situation;
  • You live too far from work or education to reasonably travel (at least 1 hour);
  • You need to move to give or receive care or you have the following medical needs: you are unable to leave hospital as your home is no longer suitable for you, you cannot access your home due to your medical condition/disability or your home needs adaptations but this is not reasonable or possible;
  • You need to move to because you are being harassed, threatened with or at risk of violence and there is evidence to support the need for a transfer from Habinteg and/or other partner agencies.

Note: If you are wishing to transfer to a different local authority area, you may need to evidence a local connection before they will accept any application.  Please contact the local authority in question to check this.

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