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Welcome to On the Move, Chesterfield Borough Councils Choice Based Lettings System which allocates properties to applicants on the waiting list.

News of New Local Lettings Plan

We have introduced a Local Lettings Plan which allows residents from neighbouring Local Authorities (Bolsover District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council) who do not meet the current residency criteria, to register and apply for hard to let flats only.

Please see the Local Lettings Plan here


Important Message in Relation to Letting Houses

Properties that have adaptations will initially be filtered to applicants that have medical needs.  General needs properties i.e properties with no adaptations or minor adaptations will be filtered to general needs applicants (applicants with no medical points).  Bidding positions might not be accurate.

This is to ensure that Chesterfield Borough Council makes best use of our stock.


News on Bungalows

We have recently amended the eligibility rules for bungalows, if you are between 55 years of age and State Pension age you should be able to place bids on one bedroom bungalows. If you are State Pension age and over, you will be able to place bids on any bungalow, one or two bedrooms.

However, eligibility restrictions will still apply to the allocation of all bungalows subject to the following preferences. 

Preference will be given to :-

1. Applicants of Pension Credit qualifying age

2. Applicants who have a physical disability that significantly affects their mobility (regardless of age). The applicant must be claiming high rate DLA for mobility indefinitely or in     receipt of enhanced rate PIP for mobility awarded for 3 years or more

3. Applicants over 55 may also be considered

If you have any questions or problems with placing bids on bungalows, please contact the Housing Options Centre at 73 Low Pavement, Chesterfield or contact us on Chesterfield 345700


News for All Applicants

From the 1st April 2016 Chesterfield Borough Council will consider all applications for Housing with On the Move with regard to tenancy sustainment.  All applicants will be asked to complete a Financial Assessment. These Financial Assessments will be included with each application form, unfortunately if the Financial Assessments are not returned with the completed application form, the application will remain suspended until this information is provided. If there are issues disclosed that could have an impact upon tenancy sustainability applicants will be referred to the appropriate agency for help and advice. Please note all applicants must provide proof of their income with the completed application form.

Please see the Financial Assessment here


If you have any queries or wish to discuss your housing application, please contact the Housing Options Centre on Chesterfield 345700 or visit us at 73 Low Pavement, Chesterfield S40 1PB


News on Mutual Exchanges

Chesterfield Borough Council are no longer using the HomeSwapper mutual exchange service and have signed up to a new service provided by Abritas named swapandmove.  

As a tenant on our Housing Register to move, I am writing to you to encourage you to register with swapandmove. swapandmove is a mutual exchange online service that not only offers you a better choice of finding a new home quicker, it is a quicker option than waiting for a move on our Transfer List.     

Chesterfield Borough Council have partnered with to bring you an easy-to-use online service that helps you to exchange your home. 

This new service matches you with other tenants who you may wish to swap homes with. Swaps are available both locally and nationally. As a tenant of Chesterfield Borough Council, you can use free of charge.  The service may help you swap and move homes more quickly than you would by waiting on our transfer list. 

Using the service is simple, just:

•           Visit to register or download the FREE App, available on the App Store and on Google Play

•           Enter details of your current home and the home you want

•           See your possible swaps!

Once your registration has been approved by Chesterfield Borough Council you will be able to use the website or the App to contact anyone you are interested in swapping with. When you register you can sign up to receive a regular email telling you when there are any new swap properties that meet your requirements.

If you have any questions about the new mutual exchange service or do not have access to a computer, please visit the Housing Options Centre, On the Move, 73 Low Pavement, Chesterfield S40 1PB or contact us on 01246 345700 or email us at




Current Policy 2015


  • If you have any queries please contact us on 01246 345700.


On the Move allows anyone with an active application on the Housing Register, to search, select and apply for a new home of their choice across Chesterfield (within the usual eligibility criteria). Each week we advertise newly available properties across the Borough including Housing Association properties.

How does the system work?

Applicants will be awarded points which reflect their housing need and placed into 1 of 4 bands.  To register applicants must complete a housing application form (Click here to down load a housing application form.)

Many of our Properties will be advertised for applicants to bid on from Thursdays at 00:01 am and the bidding will end on the following Tuesday at 11:59 pm.  No properties will be advertised on a Wednesday.  Applicants will be able to bid on up to 3 properties per week for which they are eligible.

Properties will be advertised with a preferred band which is listed on the advert.  Any applicant who is eligible can bid on the property regardless of their band however preference will be given to the advertised band.

Other Housing Options




Further information and a full Lettings Policy can be obtained on our website or by ringing us 01246 345700 or by visiting our Housing Options Centre at 73 Low Pavement, Chesterfield.  Alternatively click here to download a copy

Click here for a user guide



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