Exchanging homes

A Mutual Exchange occurs when a Secure, Flexible or Assured tenant applies to their Local Authority landlord or Registered Provider to exchange their property with another Secure, Flexible or Assured tenant.

Who is eligible?

There are certain conditions which must be met before the landlord will approve an application in accordance with the prevailing Housing Legislation. You must not carry out an exchange without the Council's permission.

Applying for a Mutual Exchange through Homeswapper

As our tenant, you can register free for a Mutual Exchange on the Homeswapper website as chosen by Selby District Council.

  • It is a home swap service that helps council and housing association tenants to exchange their homes.
  • It is the largest home swap service and gives access to half a million homes across the country
  • Once you've registered you can set up your search criteria, create favorites lists and direct message other people.  

Other Mutual Exchanges

You can also register with North Yorkshire Home Choice to do a transfer to another property with other landlords who are part of the scheme. Click here to be directed to the North Yorkshire Home Choice website.

If you are wishing to swap homes with a tenant of a landlord outside of the North Yorkshire Home Choice scheme you should speak with the landlord directly to check how they facilitate Mutual Exchange or register with one of the other providers. Please note that some schemes charge for advertising your home with them.

Transfer incentive scheme

The transfer incentive scheme is to help tenants 'downsize' to a smaller home as things change for you. You may find that when children have grown up and moved on, you no longer need as many bedrooms or as much space; perhaps you're starting to have difficulty with the stairs or general upkeep of your home.

Smaller properties usually benefit from lower council tax and lower rent and they should cost less to heat meaning that gas and electric bills should be cheaper.

We can offer a financial incentive and support to tenants who are interested in downsizing by arranging and paying for your furniture removals, assisting with Housing Benefit claims and by giving you a £500 cash incentive. Along with additional priority on our housing register to help facilitate a move to a smaller more manageable property.

The scheme is open to all tenants wishing to downsize either within family accommodation, or transferring out of family accommodation into older persons' accommodation or one-bedroom general needs accommodation.

You must be a secure/flexible tenant of Selby District Council, downsizing to another Selby District Council property, and have a satisfactory tenancy report that shows that:

  • your home meets our standards;

  • we are not taking any anti-social behavior action against you; and

  • you do not have any rent arrears outstanding.

The transfer incentive does not apply to home swaps/mutual exchanges.

If you're interested in the scheme and would like to see if you qualify then please contact your Neighbourhood officer on 01757 705101, or via neighbourhoodofficers@selby.gov.uk