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1.

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?

2.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

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.

3.

DECOR

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

TENANT INCLUDE:

4.

TENANCY TYPE

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.

5.

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

outgoings.

6.

NEIGHBOURS

What are they like? Can you meet them? Are there any

disputes or noise issues?

7.

CONDITION

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

want one.

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 visit

www.homeswapper.co.uk

you will find thousands of tenants

from across the UK looking to swap their home.

HELP TO

MOVE

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