If you’re a Women’s Pioneer tenant who would like to move, you have a number of options.
Transfer to another Women’s Pioneer property
We endeavour to offer available properties to our existing tenants who want to move first. The majority of Women’s Pioneer’s stock are one studio 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, outlined above. If you want to join our transfer list, please speak to your Housing Officer first, they can tell you about our criteria (such as having a clear rent account) and give you an idea of how the process works and how long it might take. You can request a form from them, or download one here.
Exchange with another social housing tenant
Homeswapper offers a free service if you’re interested in swapping with a social housing tenant in another area.
Women’s Pioneer also runs its own small mutual exchange list.
Move to a shared ownership home
The Share to Buy website is a useful tool to search across landlords for available shared ownership properties https://www.sharetobuy.com/
Buy your Women’s Pioneer 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.
While there are some differences between the service we provide to tenants and to leaseholders, we pride ourselves on providing safe and secure homes and quality services to all our residents.
The pros and cons of buying
- As leaseholders contribute to the maintenance of the entire property they can sometimes face very large bills.
- London property values mean leaseholders are likely to benefit from ownership in the long run – particularly if prices continue to rise. Bear in mind that your share in the upkeep of the building could prove expensive.
Note:The Voluntary Right to Buy scheme for assured tenants is still being developed. We will update you when we see the government’s scheme in detail.