If you live in a council home, and you want a different property, you could let the council know and be put on a list.
But you also have another option – a home swap.
And some people find the ideal home for them on Facebook.
Council House Exchange in Leicester, a closed Facebook Group, has amassed almost 7,000 members and regularly features posts from tenants advertising their homes and calling out for the types of properties they are looking for.
Leicester City Council says that only secure tenants have the right to exchange properties and exchanges must be approved by the council or housing association.
If one home is a housing association property, and another is owned by the council, both landlords must approve the swap.
‘We want to all be together as a family’
Harry Birch lives in Cosby. His current home has two ‘decent sized’ bedrooms with an upstairs bathroom, including a shower over the bath. It has off road parking for two cars, with a small slabbed yard.
They are Looking for a three bed house, with off road parking and a nice sized garden for their three children.
Harry said: “I want to swap because I have two of my own children, my son lives with me full time and my daughter stays over every weekend.
“My partner has a son, however due to the size of the current home my partner isn’t able to move in with us because there just isn’t room for us all. For us all to be able to be together as a family a bigger home is needed.
“We would eventually love to be able to buy somewhere for our forever home as a family, but after recently starting out self employed saving for the deposit is proving difficult at the moment.”
He is ideally looking for somewhere between his current home in Cosby and where his partner currently lives with her parents near Abbey Park.
If you are interested in Harry’s property, email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘I’m desperate for a bigger home for my son’
Cerri North, currently lives in a one-bedroom bungalow in Thurnby Lodge.
She says she is ‘desperate’ for a two to three house or bungalow anywhere in Leicester as her son is moving back in with her and she doesn’t have enough room in her current property.
About her current home, she said: “It is in a quite close there’s a small front garden which is shared, but you can put up a fence to make it your own front garden, and the back garden is also small and shared but again you can put up a fence to make it your own garden. I have a wet room so there is an age restriction of 40 plus or if the person is disabled and has the need for a wet room. All in all it’s a nice sized bungalow and in a nice quiet area.”
Cerri says she has been looking for a two or three bedroom home anywhere in Leicester for about a year. She would like a home with a garden and either a driveway or parking outside. The home needs to have a bath with a power shower above the bath or both separate and Cerri needs a back garden with a decent sized shed that she can store her wheelchair in, as it’s electric and needs to stay dry.
If you are interested in Cerri’s property email Cerri.email@example.com
‘I want to be closer to family’
Courtney Jordan currently lives in Syston in a two bedroom house.
Her home has a decent sized garden with two parking spaces at the front of the house.
She is looking for a two or three bedroom home in Anstey or surrounding areas.
Courtney would like to swap to be closer to her family.
Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
‘I need a garden for my dog’
Anne Harrison lives in Uplands Road, off Southfields Drive in the LE2 area.
Her bungalow has two medium sized bedrooms and has a brand new kitchen, windows and doors all fitted in the last three months. Her home has a small to medium back garden and a driveway large enough for two cars.
She is looking to move to be nearer to her family, especially her mother who has moved into sheltered housing in Braunstone. Anne would prefer to be in South Braunstone but would accept anywhere in Braunstone if the house was right for her and her son.
She needs need a two bedroom, either house or bungalow, which must have a rear garden for her dog.
If you are interested in Anne’s home, email email@example.com
What does the council say about swaps?
A Leicester City Council spokesperson previously said: “We would encourage council tenants that want to swap their properties to use the national Homeswapper scheme, which we are part of.
“Some people are successful in finding their own swaps using social media or family and friend connections and we are happy for this happen.
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“Once a swap has been found, tenants will need to contact us to ensure that they meet the conditions to swap properties. This includes making sure that they are a secure tenant with no rent arrears and that the properties are in good condition.
“Exchanging properties is a popular and long-standing option to help people find homes that suit their individual needs. Last year, we had 167 successful exchanges.”