A mutual exchange is when you swap your home with:
You can do this when you want to move to another area or just to a different property in the same area. Both landlords need to approve your exchange before this can happen.
To exchange properties, you have to give up your current tenancy and take over the tenancy of the person that you are exchanging with. This means that you take on the other person’s rights and responsibilities. You should check what type of tenancy the other person has so that you can see if it is different to yours. If they have the same type of tenancy, your rights may stay the same. If they have a different one, the exchange may not be approved or your rights may change.
Use the ‘HomeSwapper’ register on the internet at www.homeswapper.co.uk. The site provides a listing of all the homes available for exchange across the whole country.
You will need to register with HomeSwapper’ – on the internet at www.homeswapper.co.uk – which covers the whole country. GreenSquare customers can sign up free of charge. There may be a short delay while HomeSwapper checks we are your landlord.
You must visit the property that you want to move into (exchange with). It is important that you do this, because you take it over in the condition that you see it. However, we will carry out the standard repairs that we must do as your landlord. We will inspect the property and make sure that the current resident carries out any repairs they are responsible for.
If you are happy with it and both of you still want the exchange to go ahead, you should both fill in a mutual exchange form. You can get one of these by calling us on 0300 111 7000, or by downloading the relevant form below. If you are with another landlord, you will also need to contact them to request a form.
We must agree or refuse permission for your mutual exchange within 42 days of receiving your request to exchange. There are a number of things that we will do during this time – some of them are:
Some of the legal reasons your exchange can be refused are:
Once you have our permission we will make an appointment to complete the assignment paperwork.
Yes, you have to pay all the costs of moving house (for example, hiring a removal van and buying boxes).
It is very important you visit the property before the exchange to make sure you are happy with the condition of it.
We will only carry out repairs that are our responsibility as your landlord (for example, repairs to heating or hot water). We would have sent you a copy of the property inspection report with a letter highlighting any items and repair works that are not our responsibility. You accept the property in the condition you see it in, and take it over on the date that your new tenancy starts. You are responsible for:
If you are not sure which repairs you would have to do, please contact us for advice.