To be considered for a transfer to another Iveagh Trust property, you will first need to complete and return a transfer application form. It may also be possible to transfer to a property owned by a Local Authority or another Housing Association; they will have their own criteria and you will need to contact them directly.
Generally, requests for a transfer to another Iveagh Trust property will be considered for the following reasons:
1. Increase or decrease in the size of your household
2. Medical needs
3. Social difficulties
While we will endeavour to consider requests for a transfer under the above criteria, it should be noted that just a small number of Iveagh Trust properties become vacant every year and there are significant demands on those properties. Providing suitable alternative accommodation may take some time.
It should also be noted that there is no right to a transfer under your tenancy agreement.
Health & Welfare issues
If you are seeking a transfer to alternative accommodation because of a medical need, you will be asked to provide supporting documentation from your Doctor or Clinician.
To be eligible for a transfer to another Iveagh Trust property –
you must ensure that:
- You have lived at your current Iveagh Trust address for at least one year
- Your rent account has not fallen into rent arrears in the preceding three months
- You are not in breach of any of the conditions set out in your tenancy agreement
- Any unauthorised alterations are brought to the attention of your estate manager and have been rectified to the satisfaction of the Trust
- You have not moved into your current Iveagh Trust address by mutual exchange, within the last two years.
This list is not exhaustive and other reasons may prevent you from being considered for a transfer.
Transfer offer policy
- If you have refused an offer of alternative suitable accommodation without good reason, the date of your transfer application will be changed to the date that you refused the offer.
- If the reasons for refusal are considered to be reasonable, the date of application will not change.
Swapping properties – Mutual exchanges
A mutual exchange may be possible where two existing tenants agree to swap their accommodation. It may also be possible to exchange properties with a tenant living in a property owned by another housing association or a local authority.
It is your responsibility to find a suitable exchange partner and a request to exchange must be made to the Trust, in writing, by both tenants. In all cases, the Iveagh Trust and any other organisation involved will need to approve the exchange.
In order to be eligible for a mutual exchange, both tenants must meet the criteria for standard transfer applications as explained above.
In addition, both tenants 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 carrying out works or re-decoration to either property before or after the exchange.
Once an exchange has taken place, neither party can apply to transfer to alternative Iveagh Trust accommodation for a two-year period, from the date of their new tenancy. While we will endeavour to consider requests, it should be noted that the Trust is under no
obligation to facilitate transfers.
Whether transferring or exchanging:
You must first ensure that any unauthorised alterations or changes that you have made to the property are rectified.
Succession -Inheriting a tenancy
In certain circumstances, a tenancy may be passed on to somebody else following the death of a sole or a joint tenant – this is known as succession.
In the case of a joint tenancy, the tenancy will automatically pass on to the surviving tenant(s) in the event that a named tenant on your tenancy agreement has died.
If you are not a joint tenant but a member of the household and have been living at the property immediately prior to the death of the named tenant, you may be able to succeed the
tenancy, provided that:
1. You are a spouse, civil partner or co-habiting partner of the tenant
you are a child, step-child, foster child, adopted child or parent of the tenant.
2. You are over 18 years of age
3. You have been living continuously at the property for at least 6 months.
4. You have been included as a named occupant on the tenancy agreement.
5. You have upheld all of the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement.
6. You have sent us a request, in writing,
to succeed the tenancy.
Your application to succeed will also be subject to approval by the Local Authority – you must be eligible for social housing, be included on the Local Authority’s housing waiting list and have a reasonable requirement to live together as part of a single household.