Swap your house
If you are a secure tenant you have the right to move between homes, if you can arrange to swap with someone else who would also like to move.
A mutual exchange is an exchange of properties between two or more tenants. You can exchange with:
- Another of our tenants
- A council tenant from another local authority
- A housing association or Registered Social Landlord.
We are signed up to HomeSwapper - the largest mutual exchange service for social tenants looking to swap their home. More than 300 other landlords are now signed up to HomeSwapper - so there is a now a much greater opportunity to swap your home with someone else.
This service is free to all of our tenants and allows you to swap homes with people in the local area or anywhere else in the UK. It will give you more choice, the chance to see photographs of homes on the list and will give you regular 'news alerts' of possible swaps.
If you are not a South Kesteven District Council tenant, please check that your Housing Association/Council is registered with HomeSwapper to ensure free registration. If your landlord is not registered with this scheme there is a fee .
HomeSwapper replaced the council's existing mutual exchange scheme from 1 October 2008.
To sign up to HomeSwapper, you will need to register at www.homeswapper.co.uk Once you have completed an application form and it has been accepted, you will be able to start searching for your ideal swap.
Once you have found someone who would like to exchange with you, complete the online application form or download the form at the bottom of this page. All parties must hand in applications for our approval.
Apply online for a mutual exchange
You will not be allowed to mutually exchange if: -
- Notice of seeking possession has been served.
- The property is either too big or too small for your needs.
- The property has been adapted in any way and you or the other party do not require the adaptations.
- The property is not in good decorative order.
- The other landlord is a charitable trust or a charitable housing association and the exchange conflicts with their purposes.
An exchange can only go ahead when any debts owed to us have been cleared which includes recharges, former tenant arrears and court costs.
It takes 42 days to process a Mutual Exchange application request. Once your application is approved, an exchange date has to be agreed by all parties. You must make sure that any monies outstanding are paid and that your property is in good decorative order.
For those of you without internet access, there are computers available for use at the Customer Service Centre, Council Offices, St Peter's Hill, Grantham. Alternatively, all public libraries allow free internet access. Should you have any queries about HomeSwapper, or need further help, please do not hesitate to call Housing Management on 01476 406080 or email us at MutualExchangesadmin@southkesteven.gov.uk
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