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Council House Exchange

What is a Mutual Exchange?Swap Icon

A mutual exchange is when 2 or more tenants agree to swap housing accommodation. Their landlords must agree to the exchange.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone who has a Scottish Secure Tenancy can apply. This includes tenants of:

  • a local authority
  • registered social landlord for example housing association
  • water authority or sewerage authority in Scotland
  • tenants of local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

How Can I Find Someone To Exchange With?

Tenants who are looking for a mutual exchange are responsible for finding someone eligible to swap with, but there are resources available to help: Clackmannanshire Council has joined House Exchange which is the UK's largest mutual exchanges service. It is free to all Clackmannanshire Council tenants and also tenants of Ochil View and Paragon Housing Associations.

House Exchange has replaced the mutual exchanges books that used to be held in the local offices. If you did previously have your name on the mutual exchange list then you will now need to register on House Exchange. This can be done by either accessing the site from your own home if you have a computer or by visiting the Spiers Centre or your local Community Access Point.

House Exchange uses the details that you supply to automatically match you to other tenants. When a match is found you will be alerted by email or text message. You can then login to your account on House Exchange to view who you have been matched with.

Please note that you still need to complete mutual exchange forms and request permission before you go ahead with an exchange.

How Do I Apply?

Once you have found someone to exchange with, you need to arrange to complete a mutual exchange application form. If you require assistance, a member of staff can help you complete this.  Please ensure you read our mutual exchange guide for more information on the process.

If you wish to exchange with someone who is not a tenant of Clackmannanshire Council you will also have to apply to their landlord.

What Happens Next?

Before agreeing to an exchange we will carry out the following checks:

  • that all parties have secure tenancies
  • that the houses are suitable for the needs of you and your family and will not cause overcrowding or under occupancy
  • the tenancies have been maintained to a satisfactory standard, which includes the houses being in a good state of decoration and repair
  • There are no outstanding debts and there is no legal action against you or any member of the household
  • There are no ongoing anti-social behaviour issues
  • If any of the properties are specially designed or adapted for persons with special needs
  • That any other landlord involved agrees to the exchange

There may be other circumstances when we will not allow an exchange to take place, but we will give you a written decision explaining why within 28 days of receiving your application.

When Can I Move?

If the exchange is approved, an appointment will be arranged for all parties to sign the relevant documents. You can arrange to move any time after the new tenancy agreements have been signed by both parties. Your new tenancy will begin on the Monday following acceptance and you will have a new rent account created for your tenancy.

For Further Information Contact

Tenancy Management Team
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 225100