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Mutual exchange


A mutual exchange is where two or more tenants have agreed to swap houses.

Tenants can exchange their home with:

  • another council tenant
  • a tenant of another local authority or housing association

Tenants can try to find a suitable tenant to exchange with using different methods:

  • place an advert in a local shop or in the shops in the area they want to move to 
  • put up a notice in their neighbourhood housing office or in the office nearest to the area they want to live in
  • speak to their housing officer to see if they know of anyone who would suit your criteria
  • indicate interest in a housing application

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:

  • has allowed the condition of their home to deteriorate
  • owes more than one month's rent
  • is worsening their housing condition either by overcrowding or under-occupancy
  • does not have a satisfactory tenancy record

 

Contact Information

Housing: Cumnock and Doon Valley
1 Greenholm Road
Cumnock
East Ayrshire
KA18 1LH
Telephone: 01290 427868 or 427867
Housing: Irvine Valley and Ballochmyle
51 Academy Street
Hurlford
East Ayrshire
KA1 5BU
Telephone: 01563 554650
Housing: Kilmarnock Central and South
Civic Centre North
John Dickie Street
Kilmarnock
KA1 1HW
Telephone: 01563 576618
Housing: Kilmarnock North
Northwest Area Centre
Western Road
Kilmarnock
East Ayrshire
KA3 1NQ
Telephone: 01563 555670
Page last updated on13 February 2013
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