House swap partnership helps tenants with mutually beneficial exchanges
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
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A West Midlands housing partnership has developed a scheme that allows social housing tenants to come together and swap their homes.
The West Midlands Making Best Use of Stock Partnership's (WMBUS) Let's Swap scheme provides tenants with an online service to co-ordinate exchanging their homes with others.
Since launching in July 2013, over 4,000 customers have registered for the scheme and 60 residents have already exchanged their homes.
The partnership is helping tenants who need to downsize in the wake of the bedroom tax to swap with those who desperately need larger homes.
Di Middleton, chair of WMBUS, said: “We’ve worked extremely hard within the 29 strong partnership to launch Let’s Swap and this is evidence of the drive and determination of the partnership to find solutions that make a difference to local people across the West Midlands.”
WMBUS partners include seven local authorities and over 20 housing associations.