Exchanging your council home

What happens next?

Your application will be processed by the new tenancy and exchange officers. The landlord has 42 days to decide whether the exchange can go ahead or not.

After initial checks have been completed, and your application is accepted, you will receive a letter asking for you to make an appointment for a property inspection.

The documents below provide further guidance:

If your property passes inspection, an electrical safety check will be arranged for you.

When everything is complete and everyone is ready, we can discuss sign up and moving dates. When the dates to sign and move have been agreed, you will receive written confirmation. You must not move until consent has been given and the relevant paperwork has been completed. The exchange can be refused or cancelled at any stage until all paperwork is signed and approved.

Please note, if you are exchanging into a council property, regardless of circumstances, a rent payment is due when you sign. You will need to pay up to a month in advance. Failure to do so will result in the exchange being cancelled.

The table below indicates when rent is due

When I currently pay my rent When rent is required
Weekly One week in advance
Fortnightly Two weeks in advance
Monthly Four weeks in advance
I receive Housing Benefit or Universal Credit You will be required to pay a minimum of one week in advance


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