We know that where you want to live, and your circumstances can change over time.

If your housing needs have changed and you’re considering your options, there are a range of choices that could make this search a little easier and help you get moving.

What is a transfer?

A transfer is a request to move internally within Catalyst, or to another local authority or housing association property. If you’re currently a local authority or housing association tenant, you may be eligible for a transfer.

Factors that can influence your transfer options:

  • Whether we have accommodation of the right size for you – larger homes are usually in short supply
  • If you want to downsize to a smaller home – you will be awarded a band A, which is the highest category, which means you may be able to move sooner, however we can’t guarantee this will speed up the process for you.
  • Whether you need a home that must be adapted for support needs – you may have to wait longer while a suitable property. When Catalyst assesses your transfer, you are awarded a priority depending on your circumstances. This is called ‘banding’. This banding will be considered when you’re bidding for a new home.

What is banding?

There are four bands: A, B, C and D, with A being the highest. Please be aware, even if your priority level is high, you may still have to wait several years before you transfer. If you are thinking of applying for a transfer, please contact our allocations team who will explain the priority criteria and discuss your options with you.

Other options

Although an internal transfer may seem like the easiest option available, mutual exchange is quite often the quickest way to move.

Contact us

If you have any questions about transfers or you’d like to discuss your options, please contact us.