A mutual exchange is when two or more council tenants or housing association tenants, in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, who occupy permanent self-contained accommodation, have a legal right to exchange their tenancies under section 92 of the Housing Act 1985.
You can exchange with;
You can search online for a mutual exchange by using the property search page and selecting mutual exchange. You will then need to contact the applicant you wish to exchange with directly. You can do this through their contact details on the advert.
You can create a mutual exchange advert for your property by logging into your account and completing an application form for mutual exchange. If you are not registered you will need to register. Once you have completed this you will submit it and it will be verified by a member of staff. You must ensure you put your contact details onto your advert or other potential exchange tenants will not be able to contact you.
Once you have decided who you would like to exchange with, and have viewed each others properties you can then print this form and complete it and return via email firstname.lastname@example.org or return it to your area housing office. You need to complete this to apply for permission to do a mutual exchange.
To improve the chance of finding someone to swap with, it helps to give the following information;
Once you have found someone to exchange with, an inspector will visit you to inspect any alterations you have made and will make sure that your property is in good condition. We will also check your rent account. If you have any rent arrears (missed rent payments), you may not be able to move straight away.
If you want to exchange with the tenant of another council or registered social landlord, we will have to provide a written reference for your tenancy to the other landlord. The other council or registered social landlord will do the same for their tenant.
Other conditions that you should meet before the exchange may be allowed to go ahead include the following;
We will not unreasonably refuse an application for a mutual exchange. However, we may refuse an application if;
Changes to Mutual Exchange - National Exchanges
Changes have been made to our system with regard to your MX application. Due to a national agenda aimed at improving mobility throughout the country our IT system has been updated to enable you to see MX properties being advertised throughout the country on other home swap/mutual exchange sites.
In order for you to participate in the new National Home Swap scheme you will need to visit your account page to update to your details and identify the areas that you are interested in.
Please note that these changes are being implemented throughout the coming months and as we move further into the autumn you will begin to see more and more matches and have more opportunities to move across the country.