All parties involved must now get permission from their landlord.
Please note: All parties may be required to complete application forms for each of the landlord partners involved in the mutual exchange chain.
Please remember that all parties (including you) have a legal right to pull out of a mutual exchange at any point before signing the paperwork.
This rarely happens as most people do genuinely want to home swap, however, it is something to remain aware of.
Your landlord will let you know, in writing, within 42 days if your application has been approved or refused.
They may refuse your application on the grounds set out in Schedule 3 of the 1985 Housing Act & Section 15 of the 1988 Housing Act. They will advise you in writing on what grounds they have refused your application. Please refer back to our ‘Can I mutual exchange?’ page for information.
They may also impose a condition that you correct a tenancy matter before permission to move is granted.
They will check if any alterations have been made to the property and if these had been completed with your landlords consent.
Your application has been accepted.
Your Landlord may carry out the following visits:
First visit - Property Inspection
They will assess the condition of your home, for any damage or alterations you may have made. Please ensure you always ask for landlords consent prior to undertaking any works to your home. They will discuss any items you may be leaving or taking with you. They will discuss any tenancy matters and any rent arrears.
Second visit - Health & Safety checks.
They will complete a thorough health & safety gas and electrical check. Any remedial work should be carried out prior to your move.
Third Visit - Energy Performance Certificate
From the 1st October 2008 it became a legal requirement for social landlords to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) on change of a tenancy. They may arrange for an Energy Assessor to contact you for an appointment to complete an EPC prior to your move.
Things to consider
Your current landlord will:-
All landlords involved in the exchange must give their consent before you can move. If you move before you have signed the 'Deed of Assignment' or without your landlords permission they will ask you to move back. You could risk losing your home.
Your exchange has been approved
What if your exchange has been refused?