Exchange your home

Find a home that suits you better and swap! It's quicker than waiting on a transfer list and gives you more choice.


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A mutual exchange is where 2, or more, tenants swap homes with each other. This is a good way to find a new home when there are a lot of people on the housing register.

Riverside Scotland tenants can exchange homes with:

  • another Riverside Scotland tenant
  • any tenant of a UK housing association
  • any tenant of a UK council

What do I need to know?

  • you must not go ahead with an exchange until you have our permission in writing
  • if the other tenant is not a Riverside Scotland tenant, he/she must also have written permission from their landlord
  • landlords cannot refuse permission without good reason
  • going ahead without permission can result in you being forced to move back
  • when you exchange, you take over the existing tenancy and so take over full responsibility for any alterations, improvements or damage done by the people you exchanged with (if we have to repair any damage they have done, you will have to pay for the costs)
  • it is illegal to pay anyone to exchange with you (if this happens, all the people involved could be made to return to their original homes).

 

Exchanging a home in North Ayrshire

Search for a home

Register online at North Ayrshire Housing Register (NAHR) (free to register)

Once registered you can search for and express an interest in other suitable properties.

How to apply when you have found a suitable exchange

Once you and the other party have viewed each other’s homes and wish to proceed you must both confirm the exchange online and complete this mutual exchange application form (PDF, 97kb). You can collect an application from Riverside Scotland or your local housing office, or contact your housing officer who can deliver or post a form to you. Return the completed form to us or your local housing office.

We’ll write to you telling you whether we have given permission or not. If we give you permission, we’ll ask you to sign a new tenancy agreement. If we don’t give permission, we’ll tell you why.

 

Exchanging a home in East Ayrshire

Search for a home

Register online at www.swapandmove.co.uk (free to register)

Once registered you can search for and express an interest in other suitable properties.

How to apply when you have found a suitable exchange

Once you and the other party have viewed each other’s homes and wish to proceed you must both  complete this Mutual Exchange Form or contact us on 0345 112 6600 for a copy. Return the completed form to us by posting to Riverside Scotland, 44-46 Bank Street, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 0LP.

We’ll write to you telling you whether we have given permission or not. If we give you permission, we’ll ask you to sign a new tenancy agreement. If we don’t give permission, we’ll tell you why.

 

Exchanging a home in Dumfries & Galloway

Search for a home

You can register your property in the Homes4D&G swap shop then search for and express an interest in other suitable properties.

How to apply when you have found a suitable exchange

Once you and the other party have viewed each other’s homes and wish to proceed you must both complete this Mutual Exchange Form or contact us on 0345 112 6600 for a copy. Return the completed form to us by posting to Riverside Scotland, 44-46 Bank Street, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 0LP.

We’ll write to you telling you whether we have given permission or not. If we give you permission, we’ll ask you to sign a new tenancy agreement. If we don’t give permission, we’ll tell you why.