Moving home

There are a number of reasons why you may need to move out or end your tenancy with us. You may also be considering a mutual exchange.

Plus Plus Moving to a new home

If you already rent a home from us and want to move, you will need to contact your local authority and apply to be added to the Housing Register. If you are already registered with the local authority Housing Register and have queries about your application or banding, please contact the local authority who will be able to help you.

If you want to buy your current home
If you’ve been living in your home for over five years, you may be able to buy it under the Right to Buy scheme.

Plus Plus Management moves

We have a management move list for situations where it may no longer be safe or appropriate for you to stay in your current Paradigm home.

What are the criteria for a management move?

We will consider a management move if:

  • you are fleeing violence or harassment and need to move to a place of safety (with supporting evidence from a professional third party and the Police).
  • you have a significant medical need or disability which means that you are unable to remain in your current home. The application will need to be supported by medical evidence.
  • the current property requires an adaption, so is unsuitable. This needs to be supported by a recommendation from an Occupational Therapist and written confirmation that the property is no longer suitable.
  • you would like to downsize as you are currently under-occupying your home, with no member of the household being made homeless by giving up a bedroom.

A management move only allows for a like-for-like offer to be made based on the size of the current property at the time the management move is approved. We are unable to pay for removals or other associated costs.

The process is not there to address over occupation, so if you are looking to move because you are overcrowded then please contact your local authority.

We are limited on the number of management moves we can complete due to local authority agreements; in some local authority areas we are not permitted to carry out any management moves at all. We cannot provide a timescale for a management move as this is dependent on properties becoming available.

If you have arrears or debts with Paradigm, they must be cleared before an offer of accommodation can be made.

How to apply for a management move

You will need to be registered on the local authority housing register and be active on HomeSwapper to ensure you are making full use of all opportunities to find a more suitable home.

HomeSwapper is a national service to help social housing tenants exchange homes.  A mutual exchange is a home swap between two social housing tenants. It can happen for many reasons, such as needing more (or less) space, moving for work or to be closer to family. It’s a great option for social housing tenants who can’t access or don’t want to wait for the normal allocation process. It gives you more control and means you’re able to choose a home that suits your needs better in a place you want to live. For more information, please refer to https://www.homeswapper.co.uk/

You can find more information about HomeSwapper on our website here.

What next?

The management move process only allows for one offer to be made and this will be discussed with you to ensure that it fully meets the criteria set out in the application.

Once you have been accepted for a management move, we will write to you to say you’ve been successful, and you will be added to the register.

The application is reviewed every three months to ensure that the management move is still required, and circumstances have not changed.

If you are made an offer which meets the criteria set out in the application and this is refused, then you will be removed from the management move register.

If you feel, having read this guidance, that you meet the criteria for a management move, then please contact your Housing Officer on 0300 303 1010.

Plus Plus Swapping your home

A mutual exchange is where social housing tenants can swap properties with each other.

If you’re thinking of doing this you’ll need to visit the Homeswapper or Exchange Locata websites. You will then be contacted about any properties that are suitable for you.

Unfortunately, even though you’re already part of the Paradigm family, you won’t have priority over other people looking for a home in the same area.

Once you have someone you want to swap with you must apply to us for permission by downloading the application form at the bottom of this page.

We have to let you know about our decision within 42 days of receiving your application.

Things to remember are:

  • You can only swap if you have a Secure, Assured or Five Year Fixed Term Assured Shorthold tenancy
  • You cannot swap your home if we have started Possession proceedings against your home, you have an anti-social behaviour order or your home won’t be suitable for the person you want to swap with.
  • You will actually swap tenancies so will give up your current tenancy
  • It is your responsibility to inspect the home you will be moving into.

Please contact your housing officer if you have any questions.

Plus Plus Ending your tenancy

If you want to end your tenancy with us you will need to do the following things:

  • give us at least four weeks’ notice by contacting our Customer Service team on 0300 303 1010 and filling in a Notice to Quit form (download the document below)
  • tell us the date you are moving out
  • arrange a time for our Inspection team to complete an end of tenancy visit to your home
  • arrange for any repairs which need to be done before you move out to be completed
  • pay your rent up to the last day of your tenancy
  • tell us the address you are moving to before you move out.

You must ensure:

  • the property is returned to us in the same condition it was let to you in
  • the property is left in good decorative order, in a clean, tidy condition and free from furniture, personal possessions and rubbish
  • all fixtures and fittings are left in good condition
  • all external areas are clear of personal belongings and rubbish
  • all greenery is in a manageable condition
  • you have informed your utility providers of the date you returned the keys to us
  • there are no debts on the utility meters and any utility card/key is left in the property
  • all keys are returned to us before 12 noon on the next working day after your tenancy ends.

You will also need to tell others you have moved, including the local authority and your utility suppliers.

It may be useful to follow our moving out checklist to help you prepare to move out of your home.

If you have a joint tenancy and only one of you is leaving, both of you should notify us so we can look into the possibility of transferring the tenancy to the person who is staying.

Watch the video for more information or contact us on 0300 303 1010.

Plus Plus Ending a tenancy - moving into a residential home

If you wish to end your tenancy because you are moving permanently into a nursing or residential home or other form of supported accommodation please let us know as soon as possible. You are required to give us four weeks notice in writing to end the tenancy. Please fill in the Notice to Quit form (download the document below) and send it to us. We will then contact you to confirm the date that the tenancy will end.

Rent payments
Rent is due until the Monday following the day you return the keys, providing the signed end of tenancy form has been received. Any other outstanding debts to us, e.g. rent arrears and sundry debts, should be cleared. Please be aware that housing benefit cannot be claimed for two properties at once, i.e. for the nursing home and for your accommodation with us.

Clearing the property
Please clear the property (including the loft and any sheds) of all personal effects and furniture and leave the property in good condition. The garden must also be left in a tidy condition.

In sheltered accommodation we may have supplied cookers and fridges. Please check before removing these items. We may have also supplied alarm pendants. If so, please make sure that they are returned to us.

Returning keys
Your housing officer can make an appointment to meet you or a relative at the property to collect the keys or, if it is more convenient, you can return the keys to us in person or via recorded delivery post by 12 noon on the Monday that the tenancy ends. You will continue to be charged for use and occupation of the property if the keys are returned late.

Plus Plus Ending a tenancy - following the death of a tenant

In order to end a tenancy on behalf of a deceased tenant, you need to provide us with a copy of the Grant of Probate confirming your status as executor of the estate. You must give us four weeks notice in writing to end the tenancy. If you have a copy of the Grant of Probate, please complete the Notice to Quit form (download the document below) and send it to us with a copy of the death certificate and the Grant of Probate. We will contact you to confirm the date that the tenancy will end.

If you are unable to provide a copy of the Grant of Probate, please complete the form and send it to us with a copy of the death certificate. We will then serve a Notice to Quit in order to end the tenancy.

Rent payments
Rent is due until the Monday after you return the end of tenancy form, death certificate and keys. Housing benefit will stop from the Monday after the date of death. Any other debts to Paradigm, for example rent arrears and sundry debts, should be cleared.

Clearing the property
Please clear the property including the loft and sheds of all personal effects and furniture and leave the property in good condition. The garden must also be left in a tidy condition. In sheltered accommodation we may have supplied cookers and fridges. Please check before removing these items.

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