Mutual Exchange

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Mutual Exchange (sometimes referred to as Tenancy Exchange)

You can swap your council or housing association home with another tenant if you follow certain rules and get permission from your landlord. This is often called ‘mutual exchange’.

A mutual exchange can be a faster way of finding a new home than applying for a transfer, especially if your transfer application is assessed as a low priority.

You can apply to exchange properties if you are a secure council tenant or an assured tenant of a Registered Social Landlord. You must have lived in your council home for at least 12 months. Your tenancy agreement will confirm what type of tenant you are.  If you are an introductory tenant, you cannot exchange properties. You need to wait until you become a secure tenant.

If you are a Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing tenant, you can register with Shropshire Homepoints Home Swap Direct service or join the Mutual Exchange Shropshire - Facebook page

If you are looking to leave the Shropshire area, you can also register with Swap and Move, a free service that covers the whole of the UK or HomeSwapper but there maybe a charge for this service. 

Viewing properties

If possible, take someone with you when you view a property. It’s safer and it’s useful to get a second opinion.

  • You will have to accept the property you wish to move into in the condition it is in. For example, if it’s not well decorated or the garden is untidy, you will need to put these things right yourself. The landlord only has to carry out the repairs they are responsible for.

Apply for an exchange

  • Once you have found someone you would like to swap homes with, you must both apply for an exchange.
  • If you are a Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing tenant, you must complete an application form and ask us for permission to exchange your home. We will assess your application and write to you within 42 working days to let you know our decision.

Please remember

 

  • It is the tenant’s responsibility to organise to view each other’s properties and ensure they are satisfied with the property they are exchanging to.
  • That it is illegal to offer or receive money to carry out a mutual exchange. You could be evicted and lose your home.

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