Wealden District Council

Carrying Out A Mutual Exchange

In addition to transferring home another way of trying to move is to look for an exchange. An exchange is when you arrange to swap your home with another tenant.

All secure tenants (including flexible fixed term tenants) have the right to carry out a mutual exchange with either another Council tenant or a housing association tenant anywhere in the country. It is the responsibility of the tenant to identify another tenant to exchange with. It is usual practice for a two-way mutual exchange to take place but a three-way mutual exchange is also possible.

You must never exchange without first obtaining written consent from your landlord. Permission can be withheld if either tenant is in rent arrears or if the property is not suited to either of the household's needs.

How Do I Find Someone To Do A Mutual Exchange With?

There is a mutual exchange list which operates online, and shows details of other households wishing to carry out a mutual exchange. To register for an exchange, go to Exchange Locata website (external link).  

You do not have to be registered for a transfer to register on Exchange Locata. The register will allow you to see all properties available across East and West Sussex, as well as nationally.

If you are registered for a transfer, you can also access Exchange Locata from Homemove (external link).

You do not have to be registered for a transfer in order to carry out a mutual exchange but may want to consider both. In order to register for a transfer, you must meet our eligibility criteria. Use our housing eligibility tool to find out if you might be eligible.