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News4 April 2019

House Exchange adds over 100,000 properties to swapping service for social housing residents

House Exchange, part of Clarion Housing Group, is the UK’s leading not-for-profit home swapping service. It has seen rapid growth over the last 12 months.

The UK’s leading not-for-profit home swapping service has seen rapid growth over the last 12 months, with landlords owning more than 100,000 properties joining as partners.

House Exchange is part of Clarion Housing Group and provides a national home swapping service that allows social residents to move home via a mutual exchange with a social housing resident elsewhere in the country.

The house swapping service has seen sixteen partnerships signed in the last year, with new partners including Derby Homefinder Partnership, Thirteen and Mid Devon District Council. These new partnerships combined with existing landlord memberships, means that there will now be over 1.3 million households with free access to House Exchange.

As well as the substantial addition of housing stock, there has been a 40% increase in the total volume of people moving through House Exchange. There were 14,404 completed swaps in the last year and the region with the most swaps recorded was Yorkshire.

The House Exchange process works through an online system, where all social tenants can register their details; tenants of our 277 partner landlords can register for free.

Direct exchanges are available, as well as ‘multi swaps’, where an unlimited chain of properties can be connected to facilitate even more moves.

Kim Gilden, Head of House Exchange, said:

“It’s great to see a significant increase in the number of properties on House Exchange in the last 12 months."

“Having more landlords involved in House Exchange puts us in a position to offer social housing tenants across the country a wider range of options for moving home.”