Apply for the Transfer Incentive Scheme

If you're a council tenant, you can receive a cash payment for transferring from family-sized or adapted housing to a smaller property

What is Transfer Incentive?

Our Transfer Incentive Scheme allows council tenants to move to a smaller property if they:

  • have one or more bedrooms that they no longer need
  • have a property adapted for accessibility they no longer need

It means larger council properties can be made available for more suitable households like families or people with disabilities.

You can transfer to another council or housing association property or move to a property in the private sector.

By using the scheme to move you will:

  • be prioritised for a move through Homemove
  • be paid up to £2,500
  • pay less rent and running costs at a smaller property
  • help someone with a greater need for the housing you're currently living in

Who can apply

You apply for the Transfer Incentive Scheme if you:

  • are a Brighton & Hove City council tenant and have held a secure tenancy agreement for at least 12 months
  • live in a house or flat with two or more bedrooms, not including Seniors Housing
  • have no rent arrears, or have an agreement in place to pay back any debt you owe

If you're a housing association tenant, you can apply for our Transfer Support Scheme instead.

How to apply

You can apply for a transfer incentive as part of the application to join the housing register.

If you're already on the housing register, you can log in to Homemove and choose the 'submit a change of circumstances' option.

You can also download and fill in our Transfer Incentive form (PDF 211KB). Scan and email your completed form to us at transferunderoccupying@brighton-hove.gov.uk

If you need help with your application, call us on 01273 294 400 and choose option 1.