Information if you want to transfer or exchange your home
What is a transfer?
A transfer is when a tenant asks to be moved to another social rented property, owned by the GHA or States Housing. It is not a house swap as the tenant will be asking to move into an empty property.
What is an exchange?
An exchange is when a tenant would like to swap properties with another States Housing or GHA tenant providing they meet all the conditions outlined in the Allocations and Eligibility Policy.
Other tenants can view exchange requests on the exchange board at Edward T Wheadon House or at the GHA and, if they are interested, they can get in touch with the tenant to discuss making an exchange.
What do I need to do if I want to exchange my home?
You need to:
complete an exchange board form to go on display in reception at Edward T Wheadon House
look at the exchange board to see if there are any suitable properties for you
both tenants to put a letter in writing to either States Housing and/or the GHA to say which property they are interested in
await written approval from States Housing and the GHA to say the swap can go ahead
realise that you are accepting the property in its existing condition at the time of the approved exchange.
pay and exchange fee of between £150 - £250 to cover utility safety checks
What do States Housing and the GHA take into consideration?
We will consider transferring or exchanging you if:
you continue to be eligible for social housing
the property you want meets your need and vice versa
you haven't been in rent arrears for at least six months
you haven’t breached your tenancy agreement during the previous twelve months
your current property passes an inspection. The inspection will tell us if you have looked after the property and if any significant work is needed.
You will be removed from the transfer list if you don't pay your rent on time or if you do anything that breaks your tenancy agreement.
Housing prioritise transfer applications in the same way as regular applications for social housing, by using a points system. Priority is based on housing need. If you are adequately housed in your current home but you want to move to a new area, you may be waiting for some time.
If you have further questions about transferring or exchanging properties please get in touch via the enquiry form on the Contact Us page.