Exchanging your council home

What is a mutual exchange?

When two or more tenants want to exchange their properties, this is known as a mutual exchange or a home swap. You can only do this after you have been given consent by a relevant landlord. You must also have an agreed date to sign documents and move house.

You cannot move into an empty home. Each tenant must move into the other tenants home, 'swapping' the properties at the same time.

You can use the following options to help find a suitable exchange:

  • Register for free with the Homeswapper website. This website lists properties throughout the country so you can move locally or further away
  • Follow social media, for example, Facebook 
  • Place cards in shop windows 
  • Talk to friends and colleagues

The document below provides further details about exchanging your home. It also sets out the reasons why an application might be refused.

Make an enquiry

If you would like further information about mutual exchanges, use our online form below:

Mutual exchange enquiry form

Alternatively, email: Mx@swindon.gov.uk.

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