Birmingham leads the way in home swap initiative

By on 01/11/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council's housing department is leading the way as a landlord partner in a home swapping scheme.

The Home Swapper scheme, a national web-based service for tenants of social landlords, is the largest service in the UK assisting tenants to exchange homes. The service is free to City Council tenants.

The City Council has participated in the scheme since February 2010, many months in advance of the government's recent initiative – Home Swap Direct – launched by Grant Shapps MP, Housing Minister.

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said:  “This is an important service which gives tenants the opportunity to exchange with others to find a home that better meets their needs.

“I am very pleased that Birmingham City Council tenants have been able to use this important service since February 2010, and that it is now being rolled out across the country.”

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For more information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

Notes to editors
• If a council tenant wants to move home, they may be able to exchange with another council or housing association tenant.  This is called mutual exchange/home swapping.  Birmingham City Council tenants can register free at www.homeswapper.co.uk

• When established, the Localism Bill will enable the national home swap programme – Home Swap Direct to begin.

• Home Swap Direct will allow tenants to swap their homes for others in different parts of the country.  The introduction of this initiative means tenants nationwide can review all available homes under the swaps programme.

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