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Moving out of Southwark

Housing Moves Scheme


The Mayor’s Housing Moves mobility scheme is changing.

Housing Moves is changing to more effectively target the scheme on the Mayor’s priorities. These changes are being made to better fulfil applicants’ expectations and recognise boroughs’ constraints in contributing properties.

From 1st July 2022 the scheme will refocus as follows:

Instead of being open to all social housing tenants, eligibility will be limited to:

(a) victims/survivors of domestic abuse who are current social tenants, or are moving on from safe accommodation

(b) former rough sleepers moving on from Clearing House, or other similar accommodation and services

Due to severe and continued pressures on stock, London boroughs will no longer provide properties into the scheme . London housing associations will continue to supply homes.

The scheme is now closed to new applications from tenants other than those in the two groups outlined above.

From 1st July 2022, the scheme will also close to registered tenants who do not meet the new criteria. The Mayors office will write to registered tenants to inform them of the change and how they will be affected.

Tenant who believe they meet the new criteria can be referred to the scheme via the Pan London process by their Resident Services Officer or support worker. They should contact their Resident Services Officer or support worker for further advice.

Tenants at risk can also find information here  


Seaside and Country Homes scheme

Seaside & Country Homes offers people who are aged 55 and over and live in social housing in London the opportunity to move to bungalows and flats, managed by housing associations located mainly across the south coast but also in eastern England and the west country.

The scheme helps around 150 households to move from London each year.  Some of those who have moved in the past chose to do so to be closer to family or friends and, for many, the appeal lies in a quieter, more relaxed way of life, living among people of a similar age.

Seaside & Country Homes assesses an applicant's priority based on the size of the home they would vacate should they move. Therefore, the larger your property, the greater priority you will have. 

For more information about the scheme and how to register, click here to visit the webpage :