Moving might be an option if:
- you can’t improve or adapt your home,
- the conditions in your home are so bad that they are affecting your health or the health of someone you live with, or,
- your home is severely overcrowded.
If you are a council or housing association tenant, you can ask to transfer to another property or arrange to exchange your home with another council or housing association tenant. Private tenants can apply to the council’s waiting lists (also called the ‘housing register’) for another home.
If you have somewhere to live but it is not suitable, you may be able to get help from the council as a homeless person in certain circumstances. This is particularly the case if the condition of your home means that it is not reasonable for you to live there. The council might be able to take action to help you make the property more suitable so you can continue to stay there, or, might be able to help you secure somewhere else to live. What advice and help the council can give you will depend on your circumstances.
Older or disabled people who can no longer manage in their own home may benefit from housing with extra support, such as sheltered housing. Councils, housing associations and private companies provide this.
Whether you are a home owner or a tenant you should get advice about your situation from Shelter Cymru. They will be able to go through your housing options with you and tell you what is the most appropriate course of action.