House swap (mutual exchange)

How to swap your council house with another tenant

If you are a secure council or housing association tenant then you have the right to exchange your tenancy with another council or housing association tenant (subject to your landlord's consent).

A mutual exchange is where the parties are existing tenants wanting to swap with each other. This differs from a housing transfer where a person is waiting on the housing register to move into a vacant property.

You can register your details or look for a swap partner on home swapper (

What to do once you have found a swap partner

You will need to write for written consent from your landlord before you move.

In order to do this, all parties must complete a mutual exchange form.

If you are swapping with a tenant from another landlord then you will need to contact their landlord and they will send you the appropriate forms.

The landlords will then consider your request and do any relevant checks on you and the property. Important: until you have the consent of all the relevant landlords, you will not be able to go ahead with the exchange. Your landlord has 42 days to consider this request.

For more information or a copy of the mutual exchange form, please contact the Tenancy Management team on 01455 238141.

Last updated: ‎15‎/‎03‎/‎2019‎ ‎09‎:‎47‎