Moving or downsizing

If you are a social housing tenant you may wish to move or downsize the property you live in.

Sponsored Moves

The Sponsored Moves scheme can benefit social housing tenants who wish to move to a smaller property.

You can get a payment of £2500 for each bedroom you give up by moving to a smaller property and have your removal costs paid for.

How it works

The scheme is set up to benefit those who have empty bedrooms which are not in use, or who have difficulties heating or maintaining a larger property.

By registering on the scheme we can help you find a smaller property which is suited to your needs.

You tell us the type of property you are interested in and we will do our best to find the property which is right for you.

You are not limited to just one offer of housing and you can change your mind if you decide you no longer want to move.

Benefits of the Scheme

As part of the scheme we will also:

  • pay you £2,500 for each bedroom you give up - up to a maximum of £7,500;
  • dispose of unwanted furniture; and
  • arrange and pay for a professional removal company

How to join

If you are interested in joining the scheme please get in touch:

Email: housingadvice@richmond.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8891 7409

Or write to us at:

Sponsored Moves Officer
London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames
Ground Floor
Civic Centre
44 York Street
Twickenham
TW1 3BZ

Other schemes

There are a number of other schemes which can help if you wish to move home.

Homeswapper

If you are social housing tenant you may be able to swap your home. This is also known as mutual exchange.

Homeswapper is a national organisation which lists a number of properties which are available to swap with other social housing tenants.

Housing Moves

Housing Moves is the Mayor of London's housing mobility scheme that allows tenants of London boroughs or housing associations to move outside their existing borough to a different part of London.

HomeHunt

HomeHunt allows home seekers to view the many different types of affordable housing options available from social and private landlords throughout the UK.

Seaside and Country Homes

Seaside and Country Homes is a housing mobility scheme that offers social housing tenants in Greater London the opportunity to move home. To be eligible one member of the household has to be aged 60 or over.

Updated: 3 February 2017