Pan-London Housing Reciprocal

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Safer London manages the Pan-London Housing Reciprocal, an agreement between local authorities and registered housing providers, which prevents those fleeing violence or abuse from becoming homeless.
The agreement allows those fleeing violence or abuse to move to a safe area of London without losing their social tenancy. Properties in safe areas are offered or requested, and our role is to centrally manage this and make sure that moves happen smoothly.
The Pan-London Housing Reciprocal Agreement is a voluntary collaboration between local authorities and registered housing providers in London. Its purpose is to prevent homelessness in cases of:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Other Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strands including sexual violence and exploitation (including prostitution and trafficking), so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and stalking
  • Hate crimes
  • Where people are at risk of harm from gangs or serious youth violence
  • Other high risk community safety reasons – including issues affecting people with mental health needs.

Aims and benefits

The Pan-London Housing Reciprocal Agreement aims to increase options for people with a social housing tenancy in London, who are at high risk of harm and need to move to a safe area of London. In doing so, the Housing Reciprocal supports individuals and families to avoid homelessness, makes better use of housing stock, and ensures that those at risk do not lose their tenure.
Who is the Pan-London Housing Reciprocal for?
In order to make an application for a reciprocal move through the Pan-London Housing Reciprocal tenants must be at risk in their borough and also have an existing social tenancy with one of the cooperating local authorities or registered providers.
For those at high risk of harm from gangs additional support needs to be in place. Where appropriate, this support is available through the London Gang Exit (LGE) programme prior to the move. LGE is a pan-London service designed to support gang involved or affiliated young people, complementing and enhancing existing local services across London. If a household is being supported by an alternative agency, we would seek confirmation of this – please see our gang-related referrals flowchart for more details.
For those fleeing domestic abuse, and other violence against women & girls strands, a diagram with some additional considerations is on the website.

Contact Details

020 7021 0301 Safer London



Housing Reciprocal, Safer London, Skyline House, 200 Union Street, London SE1 0LX

Other Info

The PLHR is a voluntary agreement between boroughs and registered providers to reciprocate properties and does not include any fees or additional support.

Other information:
Safer London is a registered charity.

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