You can claim relocation expenses if you're starting a new job with the University, or if you're required by the University to change your main place of work.
Moves should be of a significant distance. Generally the guidance is that:
- your new residence must be within reasonable daily travelling distance of your new normal place of work.
- your old residence must not be within reasonable daily travelling distance of your new normal place of work.
You can claim removal expenses if you're renting or buying a properly, although if you've had to move twice (e.g. once to rented accommodation and then to the house you've bought), you can't generally claim for both lots of removal expenses.
If, however, you have made it explicit that you intend to buy a property after a short period of renting it may be possible, as long as you have the requisite three quotes per move and as long as the total amount payable does not exceed your maximum limit. You should also be aware of the time constraints applied to this process.
Relocation expenses for partners, children and other family members who are part of your household are covered in the total sum to which you are entitled.
If both you and your partner are relocating to Cardiff to work at the University, only one relocation allowance is applicable.