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Who can use this service
This form is for Lambeth Housing tenants only.
You can only apply for an exchange if you’re a secure tenant. If you're an introductory tenant, you won't be able to exchange your home.
You should only complete this form when you have identified a tenant to mutual exchange with.
What you need to know...
If you're a secure tenant, you may exchange your tenancy with another secure tenant of a social landlord such as another local authority or housing association.
To exchange properties you must get our consent and the consent of the other tenant’s landlord before exchange.
When you exchange your home you’ll also be swapping your rights for those of the other tenant.
It is a breach of your tenancy agreement if you receive any financial gain for agreeing to a mutual exchange.
Filling in the form
When you fill in form you'll need to provide details about:
- the person you want to be a joint applicant with you
- the other people who live with you
- the people you want to swap homes with - who the applicants are and who they live with
- their landlord (their council or housing association) and the contact details for their housing officer.
When we might refuse consent
We may refuse consent to a mutual exchange if any of the circumstances set out in Schedule 3 to the Housing Act 1985, apply including:
- a valid Possession Order on the property
- a valid Notice of Seeking Possession on the property on one or more grounds
- the incoming tenant substantially under-occupying the property (by more than one bedroom)
- the property not being suitable for the housing needs of the incoming tenant
- the property is occupied on a service tenancy.
Other things to know
The incoming tenant is expected to be able to comply with the conditions of tenancy affecting the property.
Any parking facility or shed you currently let is not included in the exchange arrangements.
In the event of a mutual exchange, any such parking space, garage or shed will fall available for re-let according to the policy and procedures in force at the time and will be allocated by the area office.
In the event of any dispute, query or appeal relating to any such sub tenancy, the housing area manager will have absolute power to adjudicate and their decision will be final.
Any disrepair should be effected before the mutual exchange takes place. With few exceptions, you may be accepting responsibility for any repairs outstanding at the time that you move in. If you're in doubt, obtain advice from your local housing officer.
To effect a mutual exchange you and the incoming tenant will need to sign a Deed of Assignment.
If you have any doubts about this process please obtain independent legal advice.