Private rented housing
Private rented housing could provide a viable solution to housing. We know homes in Camden are expensive to rent and so you may need to look outside Camden or even outside London. Good quality homes can be found in the private sector housing in a location of your choosing and available for you to move into immediately. For more information visit Private rented housing.
Mutual exchanges offer a way for households to swap their homes and move either to the same size home or a smaller property. It offers an easier and quicker way for council tenants to move and swaps can occur anywhere in the UK and can happen between two or more tenants. Swaps can happen between council tenants and housing association tenants provided that they are not introductory tenants, but in all cases the landlord will need to give approval.
To find out what homes are available or if you are looking for a swap partner, you will need to register with Homeswapper that has the largest database in the UK for tenants actively seeking to swap their homes.
It is useful to have plenty of good photos of your home, plus a good description and also to list local amenities in order to attract potential swap partners. In addition to this, the more flexible you are about areas and types of properties the easier it will be to find someone to exchange with. For more information visit Home Swapper website.
Seaside and country homes
If you want to leave London and move to the countryside or by the sea and are over 60 years old, you can do so by applying to Seaside and Country Homes. For more information contact the Mobility Team on 020 7974 1237 or visit Seaside and Country Homes.
Housing Moves is a scheme that allows tenants to move outside their existing borough to a different part of London. It was set up by the Mayor of London and aimed at council tenants and housing association tenants living in London who need to move to other parts of London to be near family or to be nearer their place of work. Non-social housing tenants will not be able to participate in the scheme.
Housing Moves works much in the same way as Choice-based Lettings, properties will be advertised from other London boroughs but will be unable to place bids on homes in the borough in which they live. Tenants will need to go online and register.
Bids can be placed through the Housing Moves website, by telephone or by SMS text message. Tenants will be able to place up to four bids at any one time and will be able to change their bids at any time whilst the bid cycle is open. If their bid is successful, they will be invited along to view the property. For more information visit Housing Moves.