Existing council tenants

You can register for a transfer at www.locata.org.uk/ealing. Like many other London boroughs, Ealing has a severe shortage of homes. This means that even for existing council tenants who would like to move, only a small number of people are likely to be assisted by the council. The following schemes are provided as alternative rehousing options for our existing tenants:

Affordable homes in Ealing

There are a number of different affordable ways to buy or rent a new home of your own. One of these options could be just right for you.

Homes are available on a part-buy, part-rent basis with options to increase the share of the property you own. Homes for rent are also available at approximately 20% lower rent than comparable private sector rented properties in the area.

Housing Options is a service that can help you find a home that's suitable for your budget, household size and location preference. There are many attractive developments in the borough that include affordable homes and a range of different sized flats and houses.

To find out more about the options and receive regular information about homes in areas that you want to live in, please visit the Home for Londoners portal or call 020 8825 7381.

Out of London scheme 

Moving out of London can be a great way to make a fresh start in other parts of the country.

Homefinder UK is a housing mobility scheme that allows Ealing Council tenants and agreed homeless applicants in temporary accommodation to move from one part of the UK to another. This may be to access employment, to provide care or to be closer to friends and family, or because households may have more or fewer bedrooms than are currently needed.

People joining the scheme are likely to be allocated accommodation more quickly than they would in London.

Before joining this scheme it is important that you are sure you want to move out of London. If you decide you want to come back to Ealing later on, it is unlikely the council will be able to help you.

Who can apply?
You can apply for the scheme if you are:

  • an accepted homeless household living in temporary accommodation
  • an Ealing Council tenant 

What areas are available?
You can look at the properties available by going to the Homefinderuk website. These will change each week. 

What are the benefits of the scheme?

  • local information provided so you can make an informed decision
  • possibility of reduced waiting time in obtaining permanent self-contained accommodation  
  • council tenants moving to a home with less bedrooms than they have now will receive an assistance payment of £1000 for each bedroom given up

For more details contact the Out of London officer on 020 8825 7381. 

Who cannot move under this scheme?

You are unlikely to be accepted:

  • if you have been evicted for nuisance or any other issue relating to your tenancy (including temporary/permanent/private housing)
  • have a history of rent arrears
  • there is action being taken against you because of anti-social behaviour

Who do I contact for more information?
Contact the out of London officer on (020) 8825 7381 or the allocations team on (020) 8825 7274 or email housinginitiatives@ealing.gov.uk

Mutual Exchange (HOMESWAP)

This is a self-help scheme to assist council tenants in finding another council or housing association tenant anywhere in Ealing or other parts of the country. to swap homes. Contact your tenancy officer to register, or for more information or, to register, visit the Home Swapper website or call 020 8825 7686.

Seaside and country homes

This scheme is for older people with no children living with them, who would like to live near the sea or in the countryside.

At least one member of the household should be aged 60 or above.  The scheme's landlords manage bungalows and flats along the southwest coast from Cornwall through the countryside from Shropshire to Cambridgeshire over to Norfolk and Lincolnshire in the east. One of the key advantages of this scheme is that most of the properties have two bedrooms.

Please contact the allocations team on (020) 8825 7686 for details on how to register.

Read more on Housingmoves website

Homefinder UK

Homefinder UK is a housing mobility scheme that allows Ealing Council tenants and agreed homeless applicants in temporary accommodation to move from one part of the UK to another. This may be to access employment, to provide care or be closer to friends and family, or because households may have more or fewer bedrooms than are currently needed.

Every week Homefinder UK makes available a variety of properties at more affordable rents all across the UK.

To find out more or register your interest, please go to homefinderuk.org or contact the allocations team on (020) 8825 7274/7381.

Housing Moves

This is the Mayor of London's housing mobility scheme that allows tenants of London boroughs or housing associations to move outside their existing borough to a different part of London. It is run by the Greater London Authority and the majority of London boroughs and housing associations are participating.

You can register for Housing Moves and view the properties that are on offer. You can also find out more about How Housing Moves works or call 020 8825 7686/7381.