If you are currently a Birmingham City Council tenant wanting to move home, you may be able to swap your home with another council or housing association tenant - this is called a mutual exchange. You can find more information on how to apply to move to another council property here.
To enter into a mutual exchange, you must have a secure tenancy and have lived in your property for at least twelve months.
A mutual exchange can be a faster way of finding a new home than applying for a transfer, especially if your transfer application is assessed as a low priority. You will need your landlord’s consent to exchange.
Usually two tenants will exchange their homes but it is possible to have multiple swaps involving several tenants.
Birmingham City Council tenants can register for free with Homeswapper, an online service which allows you to search for people who might want to swap properties in their area.
If you are a Birmingham City Council tenant, you can use the on-line Mutual Exchange Proposal form to request permission to exchange properties. You can find the form at the link above.
If you are not a Birmingham City Council tenant you must speak to your own landlord to ask their permission to exchange your property.
It is important to make sure that you understand what a mutual exchange would mean for you. You need to be sure that you understand all of the implications before going ahead. The information below can help you.