Allocated Council Homes
Moving within West Lothian - Applying for Another House
If you feel that your current home, for whatever reason, is no loner suitable for you, you may apply for a transfer to a more suitable house. The Council's Allocation Policy is clearly explained within 'WLC Allocations Policy' and 'WLC Allocations Policy Summary', both of which give guidance to Council tenants seeking to move to another Council house, and to other people who are seeking a tenancy for the first time. These documents are available below within the Downloadable Documents section.
What regular information do I receive from the Council now I am a tenant?
You will receive a newsletter called Tenants News. This is issued by the Tenant Participation Officer. It contains information on what is happening within the housing service. There is also information from the local tenants and residents groups on what is happening in your area.
If you still have an active housing application you will also receive a newsletter called 'Applicants News' keeping you up to date on what is happening within the applicants list.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes, we can record your interest in a particular house, but unless you are at the top of the waiting list, we won't be able to offer you the house. If you are already in a council property, you could try for a mutual exchange with the people who are in the house that you like.
You can apply for a maximum of five areas where you would like to be rehoused and can choose the house type you require.
If you want to move to another council house, you can apply for a mutual exchange, where you swap properties with someone else, or you can re-apply for the housing waiting list.
You will normally have to give us 4 weeks' notice in writing that you are giving up your tenancy. The 28 day notice period will begin on receipt of written evidence. This could be by letter of the completed vacating your property booklet.
Contact your local Housing Office for advice - this will vary depending upon your relative's circumstances.
You need to make arrangements to terminate the tenancy as soon as possible. Notice to terminate the tenancy can be provided in various ways by the excutor / relative dealing with the estate. By Phone, letter or e-mail to the Housing Office or Customer Service Centre In person at any Council Information Centre They will advise you about matters such as rent, how long you have to empty the property and handing back keys.
If you want to end your tenancy, you must write to us, or call into your local housing office, at least 28 days beforehand. If you have a joint tenancy, the other tenant can give notice at the same time or continue with the tenancy in their name only. If you are married, your husband or wife must also consent, in writing, before you can end the tenancy even if he or she is not a joint tenant.
You may request accommodation which is smaller or larger than that for which you would be assessed by the Council, providing overcrowding does not occur.