Who can apply for a mutual exchange? Click to get info
To apply, you need to be
- a council and housing association/trust tenant with a secure tenancy
- a housing association/trust tenant with an assured tenancy
Exchanges between tenants in leased or private rented accommodation is not allowed.
And you’ll need to get permission from your landlord before going ahead with an exchange.
Get permission to exchange
You can’t exchange without the council’s permission.
To get permission you need to make sure
- everyone has a clear rent account
- each tenant should be moving to a property of the correct size for their current housing needs. You’ll only be allowed to move into a property with a maximum of one bedroom more than you need.
- if you have special needs, that you inform us of what these are and the home you’re moving to is suitable for you. You’ll need to be assessed for suitability by the council.
How to find someone to exchange with
You can find your own exchange partners through friends and relatives.
But there are now many websites you can use, which are quicker and give you a wider range of properties.
Waltham Forest Council recommends HomeSwapper.
You can find people to swap homes with across the UK.
Alternative accommodation choices
You are strongly advised to consider other options for your future housing.
We can provide you information and advice on the alternatives available to you.
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Supported and sheltered housing
If you’re unable to support yourself independently, you may benefit from supported or sheltered housing.
Elsewhere in the UK
If you’re a council tenant, you can search for council accommodation across the UK that doesn’t have a waiting list.
Search for UK homes on Homefinder UK
Help completing online forms
If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report. Staff are available to support you if you need it.