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Mutual council home exchange: Outline
Rossendale Borough Council transferred its housing stock in April 2006. These properties are now owned by Green Vale Homes. If you are a Green Vale Homes or a Housing Association tenant you normally have the right to a mutual exchange. This means you can swap your home with another tenant provided your landlord agrees.
There are lists in most Green Vale Homes and Housing Association offices of tenants wishing to move, either within the area or to other areas. If you find someone whose home you would like and they have seen you home and agreed they would like yours, you should ask your landlord to approve the exchange. It is very important that you do not move until you have your landlord's approval in writing and you have signed the Assignment documents.
Your landlord has a specified standard time from the date your application is received to make a decision. An exchange may be refused if one of the tenants is in rent arrears or under notice to leave. An exchange may also be refused if the properties are too big or too small for the family intending to occupy, or if one of the properties is designated for elderly or disabled persons. If your request is refused, you have the right to appeal against the decision.
With a mutual exchange you will be asked to accept the property in the condition it has been left by the last tenant. Green Vale Homes or other Housing Association will carry out routine repairs in accordance with the Tenancy Agreement, but it will be your responsibility to repair any damage caused by the previous tenant.