More residents get free access to house swapping scheme
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
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Residents of One Housing Group will find it easier to move from now on with free access to the online property exchange service, House Exchange.
One Housing Group's John Gregory said: "This scheme opens up new opportunities for our residents. There is enormous demand for affordable housing and many of our residents want to move to look for work or to live nearer to family and friends, but cannot owing to the scarcity of available housing.
"We’re very pleased to give our residents free access to House Exchange and the chance to swap their home with others right across the UK."
The website lists nearly a quarter of a million homes available for exchange from across the UK. House Exchange (www.houseexchange.org.uk), run by Circle Housing, is a not-for-profit service which pairs up prospective partners who want to switch homes.
House Exchange manager Kim Doran said: "We’re delighted to have One Housing Group as a partner. It will make it easier for people in London to swap properties. We know our service will be particularly useful for people who are looking to downsize due to the recent changes to the welfare system."
Tenants whose landlords are not registered on House Exchange pay a fee (of £7 for three months or £20 for a subscription lasting until they move) when they find a potential home under the 'no match, no fee' system.
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