As a council or housing association tenant you may be able to swap properties with another tenant under the mutual exchange scheme. This is especially useful for tenants who:
A mutual exchange happens when two tenants decide to swap tenancies (or when three or more tenants decide to move round in a 'chain') and means that you take over the other party's tenancy with any rights or limitations that go with it. This must be with the agreement of everyone's landlords.
How to find a mutual exchange
If you are a council tenant and want to swap homes you will need to register with Swapandmove.
Swapandmove is a mutual exchange service for council and housing association tenants looking to swap homes. Swapandmove can be used to help you find an exchange locally or right across the UK, and is free to all West Lancashire Borough Council Tenants.
What to do when you have found an exchange
It's important that you have your landlord's written permission before moving. If you are a council tenant, you need to complete a Mutual Exchange Application Form and send it back to us.
Before agreeing to a mutual exchange your council or housing association landlord will consider a number of criteria including whether:
Take the time to view the property very carefully as you will take on responsibility for any alterations and non-standard fixtures and fittings.
Whether viewing someone else's home or showing your own, we recommend that you take some basic precautions to ensure your safety.
You shouldn't make any arrangements to move until you've received notification from the landlord - in writing - that the exchange has been agreed. If two landlords are involved, you will need letters from both.
Once the exchange has been approved, you and the other tenant will have to sign a 'deed of assignment' which means that you are accepting the property in its current condition. Once that's completed, then you can move!