Want to move home? Mutual exchange might be the answer
Mutual exchange is where a tenant effectively ‘swaps’ homes by finding another tenant who wants to exchange properties.
Swapping with another tenant
The tenant you swap with can be from another housing association or local authority home anywhere in the UK. But both landlords need to give their permission for the move to go ahead.
You can try to arrange a mutual exchange through a variety of ways including word of mouth, advertising in newspapers or postcards in shop windows.
Mutual Exchange is especially useful for tenants who:
- Are interested in moving to a new area
- Want to find a more suitable home
- Need a smaller or larger home
- Want to avoid a lengthy wait for a transfer
- Would like to be able to inspect the other property thoroughly.
All tenants have a legal right to ask for a mutual exchange and we will not unreasonably refuse permission. However, there are some reasons why you may not be able to exchange.
To make it easier for you we have joined HomeSwapper, the UK’s biggest online mutual exchange scheme. HomeSwapper can be used to help you find an exchange in Glasgow or anywhere else in the UK and is now free for all GHA tenants to use.