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 search online for a mutual exchange by using the Home Swapper website which is free to all Rotherham Council tenants. 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 complete the online form, or print it and retrun 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;