Rehousing options for residents
11 June 2020
Network Homes is here to support residents with their housing needs, so we’ve put together guidance with information about rehousing options available for you and your family. If you've been contemplating moving but aren't sure what your choices are, we can help!
How do we help?
The demand for social housing in London is far greater than the number of properties we have available. By law, we must give priority housing to those with the greatest need. We work with 26 Local authorities to help provide properties for people who are homeless and rehouse overcrowded families, emergency transfer and support those with urgent medical needs.
For most people the chances of being offered a property by us is extremely low so you should think about the alternative housing options available which we’ve provided below.
You can find a new home by using any of the below free rehousing services. The more
services you try, the more likely you are to find a new home. Lots of organisations are on hand to give you help and advice, including:
- Locata - A choice-based lettings system which makes it easier for you to choose where you would like to live by bidding for up to three properties per week. To register onto this scheme, you must complete a Network Homes Rehousing Application Form. Please contact us on 0300 373 3000 and we’ll send the form to you in the post.
For more information visit Locata’s website here: Locata Home. You can also register on Exchange Locata here: www.exchangelocata.org.uk which is a direct, online social housing exchange service for tenants and landlords.
- Housing Moves - The Mayor’s Housing Moves scheme gives tenants of London’s boroughs or housing associations the opportunity to move to a home in another borough. It’s a choice base lettings scheme where applicants can bid for available properties in other boroughs. You can find more information including how to apply on Housing Moves’ website here: housingmoves.org.
- Homeswapper - A Mutual Exchange Scheme where social housing tenants advertise their properties with the view of carrying out a mutual swap with other tenants. You can join this scheme by registering your details on Homeswappers website here: homeswapper.co.uk.
- HomefinderUK – A non-profit national mobility scheme who specialise in finding permanent homes for homeless households and social housing applicants. To find a home register on HomefinderUK’s website here: homefinderuk.org.
- Shared Ownership – Shared Ownership is another way to buy your own home. You buy a percentage and pay rent on the rest. The housing association owns part of it - but you're living there, you decorate it, and you decide when to sell. You can find out more information about Shared Ownership here: Help to Buy
Private lettings schemes
- London Living Rent: As part of the London Living Rent scheme from the Mayor of London, we offer homes for private rent for middle income earners on assured shorthold tenancies for up to three years. You have the option to buy your home on a shared ownership basis up to five years after the launch of each scheme. Checkout our London Living Rent homes here: Find a Home
- Smart Rent - SmartRent delivers homes designed specifically for busy urban professionals in secure, well-connected purpose-built developments. Register and checkout our SmartRent homes: Find a Home
- Intermediate Rent - Our Intermediate Rent homes offer you the opportunity to rent a home at a rent that is 20% less than the market rate. We have a range of different types of intermediate rental homes including studios, one, two- and three-bedroom flats and shared apartments. Checkout our Intermediate Rent properties here: Find a Home
Moving out of London
If you’re thinking of moving out of London, many local authorities which have a lower demand for housing will allow you to apply directly to them. You should contact the local authority of your choice for further information, however, please note that almost all local authorities in the South of England or within large major cities face the same demands as London local authorities.
Alternatively, subject to age criteria, you may be eligible to move through the seaside and country home scheme. You can find information on this scheme here: Seaside and Country Homes
Renting from the private sector
Unless you have a high priority on the housing waiting list, private renting is the quickest way to get housing locally. Local letting agents are a good place to start looking. If you have a low income you could apply for housing benefit and local housing allowance to help you pay your rent.
If you have a low income and get housing benefit but you still need to top up your rent, you may be entitled to a discretionary housing payment. This can sometimes also pay for a deposit on a new property or your moving costs, if the move will improve your financial circumstances.
If you’re thinking of private renting, you can seek legal advice from your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau branch. More information is available here: www.citizensadvice.org.uk.
Our Voids and Lettings team is available to help you with rehousing options, you can contact them via email on VoidsandLettings@networkhomes.org.uk.