Transfers and Mutual Exchange

Mutual exchange

Incentive payments

Transfers

If you wish to move, you may apply for a transfer or a mutual exchange, either within Colne or with a resident of another housing association or council.

Mutual exchange

Mutual exchange

If your home no longer suits your requirements, you might want to consider making a mutual exchange. You can apply to make a mutual exchange in a number of different ways. One option is to click here to visit the House Exchange site, where you will be able to view properties that are available nationwide. Alternatively you can view the properties held on Colne’s Mutual Exchange list here.

If you find someone you wish to swap with, you can complete a mutual exchange application form here. Once you have filled it in, you can return it to our offices and your Neighbourhood Officer will keep you updated on the progress of your application.

You will receive a written decision within six weeks of us receiving your application. You must not exchange before you have received written permission from us. This will put your existing tenancy at risk.

We will consider all applications to exchange, however there are some circumstances where we may refuse permission. Your Neighbourhood Officer will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Incentive payments

Incentive payments

If you move to a smaller property you may be eligible for a Downsizing Incentive Payment. We may pay the cost of your removals or make an incentive payment to you if you are giving back a larger property.

If you have been affected by the recent changes in housing benefit, this payment could help you move to more affordable accommodation. Please contact your Neighbourhood Officer for more details.

Transfers

Colne is able to let up to 25% of vacancies annually to our existing residents. This allows us to maintain our own transfer list. The transfer list is not open to all existing residents and our transfer criteria can be found here. If you are eligible for a transfer, please complete the application form here and return it to us along with any supporting information you have.

This is only open to existing Colne tenants, we do not have an open waiting list for general needs housing; you must contact your local council.