Mutually exchange your home
Once we've received and registered your application, we will write back to you to tell you if we can grant permission.
Where both rent accounts are clear and there are no other breaches of tenancy conditions, an exchange can be approved quite quickly.
Who is eligible for house exchange
Tenants living in Council housing usually have the right to exchange their property. Your housing manager may refuse a house exchange on any of the following grounds:
- one of the parties is an introductory tenant
there is a possession order against either tenant
a notice of seeking possession served on grounds 1-6 is still in force against either tenant
the incoming tenant(s) will be under-occupying the dwelling by more than one room
the incoming tenant(s) will be overcrowded, or the property is otherwise unsuitable to their needs
the dwelling is designed or adapted for disability and the incoming tenant has no disability
the dwelling is a special needs unit and the incoming tenant has no special needs
- one party has paid money to the other party to induce the exchange.
A house exchange may be refused if one of the tenants is in rent arrears or under notice to leave. An exchange may also be refused if a property is too big or too small for the people intending to occupy it, or if one of the properties is designated for elderly or disabled persons. If your request is refused, you have the right to appeal against the decision.