A mutual exchange is when you swap your home permanently with another tenant. You cannot swap your home for one which is empty.
Who can apply for a mutual exchange?
Anyone with a secure tenancy can apply to exchange his or her home. Introductory tenants do not have the right to exchange their home.
You can exchange your home with another secure council tenant and most housing association tenants with assured tenancies. Make sure you know the type of tenancy you will be taking on, as there are differences between a council tenancy and a housing association tenancy.
How to apply
Tyne and Wear Homes gives you the chance to advertise your home and view homes available from applicants registered from the 4 housing organisations.
Register your application online on the Tyne and Wear Homes website and, once your local housing office has validated your application, we will contact you to tell you that your application is live. You can then contact your potential exchange partners via the website.
If you find an exchange partner outside of the Tyne and Wear Homes website, you should contact your local area housing office for guidance. In some cases, we may set certain conditions before giving permission for the exchange. These may include:
- Clearing your rent account if you are in arrears
- Repairing any damage you may have caused to your home
- Not allowing exchanges where the home will be too large or too small for the proposed tenant
- Not allowing exchanges where the home has been adapted and the proposed tenant does not require an adapted home
Do not carry out any exchange until you have received permission from your area office and all the relevant paperwork has been signed.
Moving to another area
There are a number of organisations you can register with to mutually exchange your home with other council or housing association tenants across the country.