A mutual exchange is where two or more tenants have agreed to swap houses.
Tenants can exchange their home with:
Tenants can try to find a suitable tenant to exchange with using different methods:
Once a tenant has found someone to swap with they each need to fill in an application form and return it to their neighbourhood housing office.
A housing officer will visit the tenant's home to check that it is in a satisfactory condition, they will check the tenant has a clear rent account and a satisfactory tenancy report. The same information will be requested from the other tenant.
If the exchange is approved both tenants will receive official permission to swap homes on a specific date and will need to sign a new tenancy agreement for their new houses.
Generally, the process should not take longer than one month.
An application could be refused under the following circumstances, if either tenant: