House swap cash boost to help council tenants move

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Council tenants in Doncaster wanting to move home should be able to do so more easily, thanks to an £80,000 boost from the Department of Communities and Local Government announced yesterday.

Doncaster Council is one of 12 across the country to take a share of £1 million made available to make it easier for tenants in social housing to move when their needs change, which is a key priority for the Government.  In Doncaster, the money will be spent over the next two years to improve and relaunch the Mutual Exchange Register, which is how council and some housing association tenants can swap properties, as long as they have their landlord’s permission.

The improvements will make moving home for these tenants easier, for example to move to a different area in the borough, to downsize or move to a bigger home if one is needed.

Instead of a paper register, the homes will be available to view online, and next year an officer will be appointed to support tenants who need to move house.

Susan Jordan, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes of Doncaster – the organisation that manages just under 21,000 homes for Doncaster Council- said: “The improved Mutual Exchange Register will mean tenants can look for homes online, with the adverts providing more information about the properties available, rather than searching through paper lists.

Also, there will be a dedicated officer in post early next year to provide support and help people increase their chances of moving. 

At the moment tenants wanting to move home have to go back on the housing waiting list. It is hoped these improvements will allow current tenants to move home much more easily.