If you currently live in social housing and would like to swap your home to live in a different sized property or in a different area then a mutual exchange might be the answer for you. A mutual exchange allows council or housing association tenants to swap their home for another tenant's home. Each landlord must agree before an exchange can go ahead.
Supported by all 14 local authorities in Kent, as well as 24 housing associations, Exchange Locata aims to help public tenants swap homes. You can use its site to find another home you would like to exchange yours for. This means your home will be advertised here for other tenants to see.
When you register you can say what sort of property you are looking for. Then you can log in any time and search for possible matches.
Once you have found a home that you would like to exchange to you must still obtain permission to swap your home and you can do this by filling out a mutual exchange application form [pdf] 4343KB or you can obtain a form by emailing the housing team or by phoning 01233 330688.
When you find a property you are interested in you will need to arrange a viewing, its worthwhile making a note before hand of things you want to know about, the following questions may help.
If you wish to go ahead now that you have seen each others homes, the next stage is to complete a mutual exchange form for each family. When you complete the form tell us about any problems in the property that concern you, we can check these when we inspect the property. The council is not responsible for the decoration within our property. The council may not be responsible for repairs or reinstatement work caused by tenant's alterations or removal of tenant's alterations.
If there have been alterations to the property that you consider undesirable or may represent a health and safety risk you must get it resolved before you agree to the exchange.
Be clear about any items you are intending to take with you or intend to leave behind. For example, tenant improvements, sheds, garden features, planting. Where you decide to take items with you, you must ensure that all reinstatement work is undertaken and that you have not created a health and safety risk.