If you are a secure tenant of the Council or another social housing landlord including assured tenants with housing associations, you may apply to exchange or swap your home with another tenant. We call this a Mutual Exchange.
You must not owe any debt to the Council (this includes Council Tax and Housing Benefit). In your new home, you must not be overcrowded or under occupying by more than one bedroom.
You can advertise your home for exchange with another tenant in one of the following ways:
- Advertising in the local paper or a local shop
- Registering with Homeswapper - we pay for our tenants to use the site.
Once you have found a person to exchange with, each applicant will need to submit a Mutual Exchange Application Form. We will then aim to give you a decision within six weeks as to whether the exchange has been approved or not.
As part of your application you will be required to provide copies of the below documentation;
- Two forms of ID for ALL members in the household one of which must be photographic (EG, Passport, Birth Certificate, Counter Signed Photographs)
- Two passport sized photos for all adults in the household
- Proof of residency for all adult members of the household (EG, Utility Bill, Bank Statement)
- Proof of National Insurance numbers for all adults in the household
- Proof of child benefit (If applicable)
Failure to provide the above listed items may result in your application to exchange Tenancies being refused or delayed. It is therefore in your best interests to provide this information with your application or as soon as possible after your application submission.
All Mutual excahnges are subject to a variety of checks;
- Money owed to the Council - this can include but is not limited to, Rent, Council Tax, former Tenant debts and court costs.
- Property inspection - a member of our repairs team will visit your property. any repairs issues will be highlighted. should any damage be deemed tenant neglect or damage, you will be required to correct this or make full upfront payment for the works to be conducted.
- Gas and Electric Checks - Each new tenant must have these checks and we conduct them towards the end of the exchange.
If you are an introductory tenant or a non-secure tenant (such as people in temporary accommodation), you are not permitted to exchange.