During the period of lockdown measures, we are following government guidance for allocating our properties. This means we are only accepting new tenants or moving existing tenants if the move would:
- support victims of domestic abuse and people fleeing other forms of violence
- prevent severe overcrowding
- facilitate move-on from temporary accommodation
- facilitate discharge from hospital to free-up bed space for others requiring care
- support those living in unsafe accommodation, or without settled accommodation, which poses a risk to their health
To support enabling moves safely, we have introduced virtual viewings where a video, photographs and floor plan of the property is sent to the prospective tenant rather than a face to face viewing and sign-ups of tenancy agreements are completed in our large boardroom, 2 metres apart from other people.
Further, if you are looking to complete a mutual exchange, we are happy to make a start on the paperwork for you, but would strongly encourage you to wait until the lockdown restrictions are lifted to complete your move.
This section has information on opportunities for existing Women’s Pioneer tenants to move home, do a mutual exchange or transfer to another property. If you’re interested in renting from Women’s Pioneer Housing, find out about our waiting list process or how you might swap with an existing tenant.
We endeavour to offer available properties to our existing tenants who want to move first. The majority of Women’s Pioneer’s stock are studios and one bedroom properties so if you need to move to a two or three bedroom property it will probably be quicker to try a mutual exchange.
Mutual Exchange & Other Options
A mutual exchange involves two tenants swapping properties with one another. It is an alternative way to getting a move and often quicker than waiting for a transfer. When you swap properties you also swap tenancies.
Buying your home
When the government gave secure tenants the right to buy their homes in 1980, 90 of our tenants bought long leases on their flats. Many have since been sold on the open market.
We have changed the way we operate our waiting lists. From 2019 we will operate three waiting lists. The lists will open on 1 April 2021 for two weeks, during which time you can apply online. We will then check you meet our criteria and tell you your priority order on the list.
HomeSwapper is the UK’s most popular mutual home exchange service, with more than half a million other social tenants. Women’s Pioneer Housing are members of Homeswapper, and so existing WPH tenants may use this service to swap with other social tenants.