Home Swaps & Transfers

Swap your Home

As a tenant you are eligible to mutually exchange (or swap) your home with another social housing tenant. 

If you're interested in doing this and need some more information, please contact a member of our Estates Team on (01229) 876520 or 876423. 

Transfer to another Council property 

By transfer we mean that we allocate a property for you to move into when the previous tenant has moved out. Transfers from one Council property to another are done through the Cumbria Choice, Choice-Based Lettings Scheme. Cumbria Choice is where all the main social housing providers in Cumbria now advertise their vacant properties.

To apply for properties you first have to register on the Cumbria Choice Scheme and complete an online application form - register now. From here you will be able to get information on how the scheme works and view frequently asked questions.

As soon as you are registered on the Cumbria Choice scheme you will be able to view adverts giving details of all our vacant properties (as well as other vacant properties in Cumbria).

Alternatively, you can request an application form - ring us on (01229) 876578 or email: housinglettings@barrowbc.gov.uk

Who can apply to transfer?

You can apply for a transfer if:

  • you've have held your current tenancy for 12 months and have maintained a clear rent account for three months prior to applying; and
  • your current property is in a good state of repair and decoration.

These criteria may be waived in exceptional circumstances.

What are the chances of getting a property in my preferred area in this Borough?

Our leaflet, Housing Matters for Prospective Tenants, contains a table which gives a breakdown of the number of properties in every area of the Borough, together with the number of properties that actually became vacant for letting during the previous year. Although these figures are for the previous year, the location and frequency of vacancies is similar from year to year. This information will help you understand the likely number of properties that will come available in your areas of choice.