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Mutual Exchanges

What is a mutual exchange?

HomeSwapper ( is an organisation that registers your interest in a mutual exchange and has details of thousands of tenants looking for an exchange.

They help you to find an exchange partner for you to swap with anywhere in the United Kingdom.  They can be a council tenant or of any other housing association.

It is up to you as to whom you choose to swap with, subject to a few restrictions including the following:

  • Your home must be suitable for the person or family with whom you want to swap with (and vice versa).
  • You and the person with whom you want to swap with must not have any rent arrears or be subject to any form of legal action against your tenancy.
  • No money or gifts may change hands between anybody involved.
  • You must get permission to exchange– in writing – from both landlords first.
  • Tenants’ wishing to exchange must hold a secure or assured tenancy.

How does it work?

You must first register with Homeswapper by logging on to their website.

Homeswapper will search for possible new swaps for you every day. It saves these matches and you can log on at anytime to view them. You can also arrange to be sent 'match alerts' by email or by text message to your mobile phone.

Please note: you will be responsible for making arrangements to view the proposed property.

How long does it take to process the mutual exchange?
On receipt of your completed mutual exchange request forms , Sutton Housing Partnership will inform you of its decision within 42 days.

The respective landlords of both tenants must authorise the exchange, or the exchange may be considered illegal, with both parties being required to return to their original homes.

Who can use HomeSwapper? 
Homeswapper is free to all of Sutton Housing Partnerships tenants.

Are there any other ways of organising a mutual exchange?
Mutual Exchange within the local area only

If you are a Sutton Housing Partnership tenant and on the Housing Register you can advertise your property details at

Once your Homechoice Mutual Exchange application is approved you will be able to view property details from other tenants who wish to move within the loclal area.


Download the Mutual Exchange Request Form (this form is to be completed when you have found someone to swap properties with) 

Last Updated: Wednesday 08 March 2017