With over 50,000 homes successfully swapped, HomeSwapper is the UK’s largest community of social housing tenants looking for a mutual exchange – a house swap, flat swap or council house exchange.
Ashton Pioneer Homes can help you find the right home for your needs with free membership to HomeSwapper.
You will need to register with HomeSwapper to change your type of home, upsize, downsize, move location, get a garden or find a property that’s adapted for tenants with disabilities or to look what swaps are available.
HomeSwapper helps over 25,000 people to move each year by matching tenants who want each other’s homes.
How does HomeSwapper work?
- Log on to HomeSwapper
- Enter your details and the details of the type of home you’re looking for.
- HomeSwapper will then automatically match you to possible home swaps – it’s that simple!
Want to apply?
HomeSwapper is a way to advertise your property to people all over the country and staff at Ashton Pioneer Homes will be happy to help you.
Top Tips on how to use HomeSwapper to advertise your property:
In order to attract interest in your property from other HomeSwapper users, follow these helpful hints:
- Present your property.
Remember that you are trying to advertise your property so make it look appealing to any prospective swappers!
- Use Photographs
You can take pictures of your property and upload them into your property advert. People are more likely to open adverts with pictures as they give them an idea of the property’s layout and condition.
- Sell your area
Attract people by describing the attributes of the local area e.g. Ashton Pioneer Homes is based in Ashton-u-Lyne, lying in the lee of the Pennines but only 6 miles east of Manchester city centre. You could also put information about local schools and the area’s excellent transport links.
- Describe your property
Make sure that you put all the property details on your advert to attract people who look for specific features e.g. 3 bed terraced house with downstairs toilet, garden front and rear, large kitchen diner with UPVC windows throughout, gas central heating and a gas fire.
- Family details
It is essential that you fill in ALL family details so that HomeSwapper finds accurate swap matches for you.
Remember if you need help registering and / or using HomeSwapper or if you want help taking pictures, please ask staff at APH who will be happy to help.
What do I do when I find someone I want to exchange with?
- You should inspect the property you wish to exchange into before making a formal application
- You will be responsible for decoration, repairs and any improvements or alterations the current tenant has made. You may at a later date be charged for repairs so it is important that you view the whole property and check its condition. The person you want to exchange with should also do this for your property.
- If, following the inspection, you agree and want to exchange your home you must obtain the written consent of the landlord(s) of both parties.
- Ashton Pioneer Homes will check the information you have given and make a visit to your home to establish its condition before making a decision on whether or not to approve your application.
- You must not make any arrangements to move before you have received notification in writing that your application to carry out a mutual exchange has been approved.
Can permission to exchange be refused?
Permission can be refused when:
- You or the other tenant has outstanding debts with their landlords – you may be asked to clear the debts
- If legal action has been started for rent arrears against you or the other tenant
- You or the other tenant has caused nuisance and or anti-social behaviour
- The property that you or the other tenants intends to move into is too big or too small
- If your property or the other tenants property is in poor condition due to neglect – you may be asked to carry out certain repairs prior to consent being given
- If the property contains an adaptation that you do not need e.g. a stair lift
- If the property is normally reserved for a certain group of people and you do not meet the requirements e.g. sheltered housing
- If you or the person you intend to swap with live in a property allocated as part of your employment
Permission can also be withdrawn any time before you sign the ‘Deed of Assignment’ should you breach your tenancy conditions.
If I apply for an exchange, can I change my mind?
Yes, you can withdraw at any time before you sign the ‘Deed of Assignment’. Once you have signed the deed you are no longer the tenant of your old property.