National Home Swap Scheme

Home Swap Direct is an agreement between 4 internet-based providers of mutual exchange services Home Swapper, House Exchange, Abritas and LHS (Locata) to offer tenants more choice over where they live.  The providers will assist tenants search for mutual exchanges with other tenants across the country.  The agreement has been developed by the Government with the providers.

The Government's regulatory framework states that registered providers of housing shall enable their tenants to gain access to opportunities to exchange their tenancy with that of another tenant by way of internet- based mutual exchange sevices.

Tenants may wish to exchange to be closer to a new job or to their family or to find a property better suited to their needs.

However the normal rules for mutual exchanges apply - ie the propoerty you wish to move to must be suitable for your needs ie not too small or too big and you must not owe any rent arrears or other housing debt. 

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