Due to the high demand for our housing stock many tenants will unfortunately stand very little chance of a move if they are awarded a low rehousing band on their Manchester Move application. However, you may be able to move by swapping homes with another council or housing association tenant through a “mutual exchange”. Below are some frequently asked questions on swapping your home.
As a housing association tenant you may have the right to apply to exchange your home. This is subject to certain conditions; you must have lived in your property for a minimum of 12 months, your property must be in good condition, you must have a clear rent account to exchange with another housing association, or council tenant and have not been involved in anti social behaviour.
There are a number of ways you can find tenants who wish to exchange their home:
Once you have found a suitable home that you would like to exchange to, complete a mutual exchange application form and return to One Manchester.
Yes, you can move outside Manchester. Homeswapper allows you to apply for an exchange with council/housing associations across the U.K.
When you have found a possible swap partner, you need to contact them yourself to see if they are interested and to arrange a suitable time to view each others homes.
If you both agree to swap, you and your exchange partner should ask your respective landlords for permission. If you have a joint tenancy, both of you will have to agree to the mutual exchange. The same will apply to your exchange partners.