Mutual exchange

A minimum of one week's rent will be payable in advance upon approval of a Mutual Exchange request. As a council or housing association tenant you may be able to swap properties with another tenant under the mutual exchange scheme. This is especially useful for tenants who:

  • are interested in moving to a new area
  • want to find a more suitable home
  • need a smaller or larger home

A mutual exchange happens when two tenants decide to swap tenancies (or when three or more tenants decide to move round in a 'chain') and means that you take over the other party's tenancy with any rights or limitations that go with it. This must be with the agreement of everyone's landlords. 

A minimum of one week's rent will be payable in advance upon approval of a Mutual Exchange request.

How to find a mutual exchange

The Council's Mutual Exchange provider is called House Exchange.

First you will need to register online at :

 www.houseexchange.org.uk

  

Simply follow the easy onscreen steps to complete your application. 

We will not unreasonably reject an application, but if you are unsure whether you are eligible for a mutual exchange you can contact your Neighbourhood Officer.

Once you have registered, the website will automatically match you up with people that are interested in a property like yours - You can even build Multi Swaps!

What to do when you have found an exchange

It's important that you have your landlord's written permission before moving. Once you have found someone to exchange with. 

 

When you find an exchange, you will still need to apply for it with WLBC by completing the Mutual Exchange form on the House Exchange website and emailing it to neighbourhoods@westlancs.gov.uk or complete the form below and email it to the above email address.

 

Mutual Exchange Application Form

Contact us

Queries about proceeding with an exchange once you've chosen a property should be made to your Neighbourhood Officer in the Tenancy Services Team.  Our contact details are in the contact panel on this page.