This information is for Housing Executive and housing association tenants, also called social tenants.
A transfer is when you move to another property owned by a social landlord. Once you apply for a transfer, you're on the transfer list. Your chance of getting a transfer depends on:
- how many points you have, and
- how popular your
areas of choiceare
Learn how to apply for a transfer and other transfer options.
Applying for a transfer
You can apply for a transfer if you:
- are renting a home from a social landlord, and
- have lived in your home for at least two years
If you have not lived in your home for two years or more, you could still transfer if you:
- pass the homelessness assessment
- have other homeless points
- need to move for health, safety or social reasons
- live in shared housing
- cannot afford your rent and heating costs
- could benefit from a transfer and your landlord agrees
To apply for a transfer, you can either:
After you apply, your landlord will decide whether to put you on the transfer list. It's hard to predict how long you'll need to wait for a transfer. If your points are low, or your areas of choice are very popular, you may have to wait a long time for a transfer.
Reasons you may not be able to transfer
Your landlord can refuse your application to transfer if you:
- owe more than four weeks' rent
- left your home in a bad state
- owe your landlord money for damages
- broke the terms of your tenancy agreement
If you live in Great Britain, you cannot transfer to Northern Ireland. You can either:
- swap homes with a social tenant in Northern Ireland, or
- apply to the Housing Executive as a new applicant from outside Northern Ireland
Some housing associations or Housing Executive tenants might qualify for a ‘management transfer’.
A management transfer is a type of transfer that allows social landlords flexibility to decide how to best use available properties.
A tenant with management transfer status may be allocated a property even if another transfer applicant has more points.
A management transfer could be an option if:
- you passed the homelessness assessment
- you have intimidation points
- someone in your household needs adapted housing, or
- you live in adapted housing, and you don’t need this type of housing
- your home is due to get major repairs, be demolished or redeveloped
- transferring could help sort out a neighbourhood dispute that is getting worse
- you have a district heating debt and a transfer would stop the debt from increasing
Your housing officer can offer management transfers in certain cases. For example, if there is a property ready that meets your specific needs.
You can ask your housing officer if a management transfer is an option for you.