Interested in a mutual exchange?
A new service for Southwark Council tenants is coming soon!
Mutual exchanges can be a quick and easy way to move, either within Southwark or to another area.
If you would like to swap your Southwark council home with another tenant in Southwark please register on our home page. For any other area, please register for the national House Exchange scheme. House exchange is a website that has been designed to bring people together who are looking to swap their homes.
More and more tenants are joining House Exchange every week. An exchange can lead to a quicker move than bidding and gives tenants options to see more properties in their preferred area.
To advertise your property through House Exchange
It’s easy and FREE!
Simply visit http://www.houseexchange.org.uk/ and complete your details online. Once you have registered, and your details have been approved, your property will appear in the database and you will be able to;
How do I qualify?
If you want to swap your home, permission will not be unreasonably withheld. Some conditions must usually be satisfied before permission will be granted and some of these are as follows:
We do not approve exchanges where one tenant will have an extra bedroom or the household will be overcrowded (e.g. lacking a bedroom)
Your home must be of a fit standard to live in, with any damage repaired
Tips on how to improve your advert
A good advert with lots of information will increase your chances of a move. You can read our tips on how to improve your advert here.
I've found my swap-partner, what happens now?
Once you have found your swap partner, you need to both agree to go ahead with the move. You should therefore arrange a mutually convenient time to view each other's properties. Once this has been done, you will both need to seek permission in writing from your landlord before you can proceed. This should not take longer than around six weeks. If you skip this step, you could both be liable for eviction. Once permission has been granted from both landlords, it is time to move!
Other things to try or if you are not a Southwark Council tenant
All council and housing association tenants can swap their homes with another tenant anywhere in the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland. If you are a housing association tenant or you are registered on House Exchange but wish to increase your chances to find an exchange, you can also try the following;
Some sites are free and others may charge a small fee to join. However, the more places you advertise, the more chances you will have!
If you would like any further information on House Exchange please call 0207 525 1336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org