Learn how you can swap your council home with another council tenant

Are you a council tenant who would like to swap homes with another social housing tenant? Join an online event next month that explains the process.  

Swapping homes is known as ‘Mutual Exchanges’; and hundreds of Hackney residents have already done this. 

It’s a nationwide scheme, which means you can apply to exchange properties with other council tenants in Hackney or another council, housing association, or other housing provider, in London and across the country. 

Homeswapping is suitable for those living in social housing and who either wish to:

  • Move to a bigger property
  • Move to a smaller property 
  • Move to another area outside or inside Hackney.

Hackney Council’s Virtual Home Swap event is on Saturday 5 March from 10.30am-12pm. 

Cllr Sade Etti, Mayoral Advisor for Homelessness, Housing Needs and Rough Sleeping,

The Council is committed to and has invested in doing everything in its power to provide alternative, effective and genuine housing advice to our residents. When we made changes to our housing list last year, we promised to provide more opportunities for residents to move into homes that are better suited to their needs. We have 12 housing options for obtaining adequate housing, including mutual exchange.That’s why we’re hosting this homeswapper event, so you can find out what’s available to you and how to exchange homes with others living in social housing.

Cllr Sade Etti, Mayoral Advisor for Homelessness, Housing Needs and Rough Sleeping,
Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services

We know there are many people in the borough who would like to change location; or move into bigger properties as their families grow; or downsize if they would like a smaller home to manage. We recognise that Mutual Exchange is often the only way some current tenants are likely to be able to move home given the level of demand for homes in Hackney. You can learn all about the exchange process on 5 March.

Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services

A representative from the organisation HomeSwapper, which works in partnership with Hackney Council, will be at the event to explain what the Mutual Exchange programme is, how it works, and how the Council can support you.

There will also be a presentation answering questions on council tenancies. What is a secure tenancy? What are the advantages of council-managed properties? Where are our properties? What type of homes do we have?

To take part in an exchange, you will need to be a social housing tenant with a secure or assured tenancy. You must also have no rent arrears or ‘live’ notices relating to your tenancy. The Mutual Exchange process will also require you to have access to the internet. 

Register for the event and submit any questions you have here. 

For any other information, call: 020 8356 3330 or email: neighbourhood@hackney.gov.uk