Iveagh Trust tenants wishing to be considered for a transfer to another Iveagh Trust property will be asked to complete a transfer application form. If you are eligible, a pre-inspection of your current property will be made before any offers are considered. If you have made any unauthorised changes to your property you must re-instate and make good at your own expense.
In normal circumstances, transfer applicants will not be placed on the transfer list where they have less than one year’s tenancy in their present dwelling, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Tenants will only be considered if their rent account is clear and has been kept up to date for the preceding 3 months. An application for transfer may be made by any sole tenant or joint tenants, however application may be suspended in the following circumstances:
- The tenant owes arrears of rent or other accommodation charges in respect of the current tenancy.
- The tenant is otherwise in breach of a condition of their Tenancy Agreement and The Iveagh Trust has issued or intends to issue a Notice to Quit.
- The tenant has moved in to the present accommodation by mutual exchange within the preceding two years, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
In all cases, The Iveagh Trust will inform the tenant of the reasons for suspension.
Health & Welfare issues
Transfer applicants who consider that their health or welfare is affected by their housing conditions will be asked to supply information to confirm this by their GP or Consultant. Priority may be awarded according to the extent to which the applicant’s health or welfare is affected by their housing conditions.
Alternative Accommodation Offer
- If a reasonable offer of accommodation is made to a transfer tenant and is refused without good reason, their application date will be changed to the date of refusal.
- If the reasons for refusal are deemed to be reasonable the application date will not be changed.
- Once a transfer tenant accepts alternative accommodation, the keys to their previous tenancy must be returned on the Monday they start their new tenancy.
- The previous property must be handed back in a lettable condition requiring no work or expenditure from the Trust.
- Requests from tenants for extending the period between moves may be considered at the discretion of the Estate Manager or Director of Housing. However rent will be charged on both properties until keys are returned to the Estate Manager for the property they have left.
The Iveagh Trust may agree to mutual exchanges where it would benefit both parties.
At Trustees’ discretion, tenants may be eligible to exchange into accommodation more suitable to their needs subject to the following:
- Tenants wishing to move must put their request in writing to Head Office.
- An exchange will not take place if either party are in arrears.
- Both parties wishing to exchange do so on the understanding that they accept the condition of the property ‘as seen’. The Iveagh Trust is not responsible for doing any works or re-decoration to either property prior to or subsequent to exchange.
- Both parties should ensure that they are aware of their new rental and any other charges before committing to an exchange.
- Iveagh Trust property will be visited by a staff member to check that everything is in order. Any damage caused by the outgoing tenant must be rectified before the exchange will be agreed.
- The Iveagh Trust will complete a gas and electric check on its properties before an exchange date is set. If any additional work is identified resulting from these checks, the tenant will be charged.
- If an exchange is requested with a non Iveagh Trust tenant then the prospective in-coming tenant will be interviewed to ensure they are aware of what we expect, and to see if they would make a suitable tenant/s.
After an exchange takes place neither party can transfer or apply to transfer to alternative Iveagh Trust accommodation for 2 years from the date of their new tenancy.
Any tenants who mutually exchange without permission from The Trust will have acted unlawfully, and neither tenant will have any legal right to remain in the property they have exchanged into and Trustees will take legal action in order to rectify the situation.
The Iveagh Trust Tenancy Agreement does not confer the right of succession to relatives of deceased tenants, or to members of a deceased tenants’ household apart from a joint or a married spouse tenancy, then it will revert to a sole tenancy.
As there is no automatic right of succession apart from the above, where the death of a tenant takes place, consideration may be given for succession of the tenancy to a surviving partner, son or daughter, provided that The Trust was aware that they have been resident in the property for a continuous period of at least two years prior to the death of the tenant.
A person other than a spouse, partner, son or daughter who has resided in the dwelling for at least five years immediately prior to the death of the tenant may be allowed to succeed where there is no spouse, partner, son or daughter and where the dwelling size is appropriate to his/her needs.
If the property size is too large for the family members’ needs, an alternative offer of accommodation may be made to release the larger unit.
Each case will be examined on its merits and where there is more than one member of the household remaining in the dwelling, the tenancy may be given to the member who, in the opinion of the Director of Housing, is most likely to keep the household in good order and abide by the conditions of tenancy. Discussion with the appropriate Estate Manager must take place to verify any potential successors’ claims.
Any decision regarding succession is wholly at the discretion of the Iveagh Trust and where it becomes necessary Trustees reserve the right to take whatever action necessary, including legal action, to regain possession of a property following the death of the lawful tenant.
Transfers during Construction Works
It may be necessary to move existing tenants temporarily or permanently to conduct essential works to properties. Tenants who transfer for this reason will normally be given the opportunity to return to their former home on completion of works, although this may not always be possible, or to remain in the property to which they moved.
Tenants who are transferred to enable repairs or improvements may be entitled to help towards the costs involved in moving.