Home swap gets ‘10 out of 10’

Over 50 council and housing association tenants came to our recent Home swap event.

The evening at Parliament Hill School gave residents the chance to look at potential homes to swap theirs with.

There were around 100 homes available on the day – with a selection that ranged from studio flats to five-bed properties.

Camden resident, Joy Begum was at the event looking for a four-bedroom home to swap her five-bed with.

“This is the first Home swap I’ve been to. It’s been good and really helpful. There’s a lot of information – you’ve got one-beds, two-beds, three-beds and more. The event’s been 10 out of 10.”
Joy, Camden resident

Mutual exchange

Home swapping - or mutual exchange - is a swap between two or more tenants.

All council tenants (providing they are not introductory tenants) and most housing association tenants can exchange properties, provided the properties are of suitable size and their landlords approve.

They can exchange their property with another council or housing association tenant anywhere in the country; perhaps to be closer to family or friends, or nearer work.

Councillor Julian Fulbrook, Camden’s Cabinet Member for Housing, attended the event to meet with residents and view the properties on offer.

Cllr Julian Fulbrook, Cabinet Member for Housing
“It’s good to see so many people coming along to this event. Mutual exchanges are a really quick way to move into a different council or housing association home, and they offer great options for downsizing and more.

Last year, over 300 households moved through a mutual exchange in Camden. This is just one of the ways we are working to meet the needs of our tenants, and I hope to see even more people benefitting from this service in future.”
Cllr Julian Fulbrook, Cabinet Member for Housing