RESEARCHING THE AREA
Think about the area. Is it close to public transport?
Close to a busy road? Does it feel safe during the
day? What about at night? Are there playgrounds and
good schools nearby for the kids? Is it near a hospital?
If so can you hear ambulances all the time?
Is it near a noisy pub or club?
You need to find out what belongs to the tenant and what
belongs to the landlord. Even if they say they are leaving
something of theirs behind, there is no guarantee they will
as this isn’t included in the paperwork.
It is worth jotting down what you would like to change
and how important it is, so you have got a realistic picture
of any costs before you move in.
SOME OF THE FACTORS YOU MIGHT WANT
TO CONSIDER WHEN MAKING A BID ON
OUR HOMES OR SWAPPING WITH ANOTHER
Check the tenancy type of the home you want to swap
into, and make sure you know yours. If you are not
sure, ask your landlord. When you swap homes, you
don’t take your tenancy with you, so this can be a really
important factor for lots of people as it can affect
things like right to buy.
RENT AND BILLS
Find out how much the rent is. Remember this can be
different to the amount the current tenant pays as
they may receive benefit payments towards their rent.
Check how much their council tax, water and energy
bills are. It will give you a rough idea of your potential
What are they like? Can you meet them? Are there any
disputes or noise issues?
Inspect any white goods that will be staying (fridge,
freezer, washing machine, cooker, microwave, dishwasher
etc.) and check they are in good working order.
It is really important to check the current tenant has had
permission to make any changes to the property.
If they haven’t got this permission, it can be a reason for
the landlord to refuse the swap.
We are always building more homes and working to reduce
re-let times to increase the chances of you getting a move if you
However, even with the recent Budget news for more funding for
social housing, we know finding a property you want, in the area
you want, isn’t always as quick as you would like.
To help those wanting to move, we offer you the right –
subject to some small restrictions – to swap your property with
another tenant who wants your home.
If you visitwww.homeswapper.co.uk
you will find thousands of tenants
from across the UK looking to swap their home.