Cannock Chase Council takes part in a mutual exchange scheme wherein Council and Housing Association tenants can exchange properties.
Before the exchange can take place, both parties must apply to the Council (using a special application form available below) for written permission to move. It is very important that you do not move until you have the approval in writing and you have signed the tenancy agreement. Only secure tenants can apply for a mutual exchange.
With mutual exchange, you will be asked to accept the property on the condition it has been left in by the last tenant. The Council carry out routine repairs in accordance with the tenancy agreement, but it will be your responsibility to repair any damage caused by the previous tenant.
In considering applications, the Council is required by law to make a decision on whether to approve or refuse the exchange within 42 days of receiving the application.
Mutual Exchange Application Form
We will consider the following before a decision is made:
Neither of you have rent arrears
Neither property will be overcrowded or under occupied
There is no Notice Seeking Possession pending or served on either property
The property is not specially designed or adapted for individual needs and no such persons requiring the adaptation would be living there should the exchange take place
The property is part of a supported housing scheme and should the exchange take place, no qualifying person would be living there
Any other information which may affect the decision made whilst taking into account current legislation and offering consistent service.
If my application is approved, what conditions are made?
The move is made entirely at the tenant's expense
Each party accepts the property in its present condition
Your property is left in a clean and tidy condition with all the rubbish removed from gardens or outbuildings
Do not be fooled into paying or accepting money to exchange
You must not give false information - this will render your application and any subsequent approval invalid and may result in you losing your home.
The Council also is a member of the Homeswapper Scheme, which entitles existing tenants to free access to their service.
If you are interested in registering for a Mutual Exchange, you can download the application form above or you can request a copy by contacting the Allocations Section on 01543 462621.
Last Updated: 23/10/2020