There are two options for moving home.

You can either register on homefindersomerset and start bidding for properties that are available with either SHAL or other landlords in the area.

If you’re an existing SHAL tenant and offered another property you will need to give notice on your existing property.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this process.

Alternatively you may be eligible for a mutual exchange.  You will need to find someone to exchange tenancies with.  Once you have found someone you wish to exchange with you will need to contact us for an application form and we’ll begin the process.

Are you thinking of exchanging tenancies?

Swapping homes with someone is never straight forward. There are often disputes between tenants after the exchange has gone ahead. You need to be absolutely clear with each other about what’s happening as we’re not able to intervene and resolve these personal disputes.

People have good reasons for wanting to exchange with each other. However, disputes between tenants (and the time, money and work involved in moving into a home in the condition the other tenant leaves it) can mean it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Also, either tenant can change their mind and not go ahead with the exchange up to and including the agreed date.

Think carefully before agreeing to go ahead with an exchange. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to your Housing Officer.

If you have a tenancy with SHAL you will need to pay an administration fee of £25.00 when you submit your application. This fee is non-refundable.

In addition to the administration fee you’ll also need to pay for the necessary safety checks involved in exchanging your tenancy, including electric and gas, oil and solid fuel (which is applicable). You’ll need to pay these when you apply.

Know what you’re signing up for

Although we’ll complete a property inspection (hopefully with you), you’re strongly advised to complete one too. We’ll continue to carry out repairs that are our responsibility in the tenancy agreement.

We will not proceed with the application if we cannot carry out a satisfactory property inspection.

However, you need to know what you’ll be responsible for and what work may be involved after you move into the property. You can use this form to help you. We’d also recommend completing one final inspection before you decide to sign the paperwork that exchanges the tenancies.

If you’re leaving SHAL you’ll also need to find out about your new home, the rent and the services your new landlord may (or may not) provide after you’ve move in. Some landlords may refuse to carry out day to day repairs.

Want to know more?

We’ve put together a comprehensive information and application pack. Alternatively you can get in touch and we’ll talk you through what’s involved.