A Mutual Exchange can
occur when Council or Housing Association tenants wish to ‘swap’ properties.
Many tenants of this type of housing have a right to swap homes with other
such tenants in a mutual exchange of tenancies. Tenants of different
landlords can swap, but they always need their landlord’s permission prior
to doing so.
United Welsh has recently signed up
to a Mutual Exchange Website called ‘HOMESWAPPER’.
Homeswapper is the UK’s largest community of social housing tenants looking
to swap homes. Thousands of tenants join every month to use Homeswapper to
find a local or even national swap.
This service is free to
tenants of landlords who have partnered with Homeswapper. Otherwise there is
a small membership fee to join. Please check with your landlord to see if
they have partnered with Homeswapper. United Welsh have partnered with
Homeswapper so our tenants can access this service FREE of charge.
If you register at
www.homeswapper.co.uk, once your
entry on the website has been approved by your landlord, you will be able to
access information about tenants from other participating Local Authorities
and Housing Associations who wish to exchange properties, as well as details
of those wishing to move here from outside the district.
Homeswapper will also email
or text you at regular intervals with details of suitable exchange partners.
If you do not have access to the internet yourself there are other ways for
you to register and access the Homeswapper website;
Family or Friends
Local Libraries have
free internet access available to the public
Internet Café’s (a fee
will be charged for this)
At our local offices we
have free internet access to our tenants
Once you have found someone
to exchange properties with then you will need to contact your Housing
Officer and fill in a Mutual Exchange form.
A mutual exchange has
to be agreed by both landlords before you can move. Please note that United
Welsh may not grant permission for an exchange in the following
You have rent arrears
Your home is in a poor
condition or state or decoration
The property you wish to
move to is unsuitable for your needs
You are in any other
breach of your tenancy agreement
You have a ‘Starter’ tenancy,
and are still within the first 12 months of your tenancy