L&Q provides help and assistance to residents moving to smaller properties. This allows us to ensure our residents are in homes they can afford and we make best use of our housing stock by freeing up larger properties for homeless families and overcrowded households. Put simply, we will be able to provide good quality homes to more people.
Why move to a smaller home?
You may want to consider moving if:
- You are in receipt of housing benefit and affected by the size criteria
- Your home has become too costly to run and difficult to manage
- The number of people in the household has reduced (e.g. children have grown up and left home), or
- You want to move to a different location to be nearer family or work
What help will I get with moving?
If you transfer to another L&Q home with fewer bedrooms, we will:
- Prioritise your transfer application (Band 2)
- Not charge an affordable rent. N.B. Even though homes may still be advertised at affordable rent, residents in Band 2 should still bid, if successful lettings staff will inform you of the new rent
Financial assistance may be considered where you are downsizing through a transfer or mutual exchange to another L&Q home, and you are:
- Affected by size criteria; or
- Disabled; or
- Over working age (if moving into general needs homes); or
- Moving into sheltered accommodation; or
- Parent(s) with children under 16.
How do I apply?
To apply for a transfer you will need to complete a Transfer Application form.
To conduct a mutual exchange, we recommend that you register with HomeSwapper, a mutual exchange service on the internet available to L&Q residents for free! You can find more information by visiting our mutual exchange page.
Can I move if I have rent arrears?
You will be required to clear all outstanding arrears before moving home.