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Illegal mutual exchange

Council tenants and tenants of Registered Social Landlords must get written permission before they carry out a mutual exchange. If you exchange your Council home with someone else without getting written permission then you could lose your home.

If you know of, or if you suspect that a Council tenant has illegally exchanged their property, please choose Report an illegal mutual exchange or illegal subletting above and complete the form. Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Illegal subletting

Illegal subletting is where a tenant rents out part of their property without the written permission of their landlord. Secure tenants of Birmingham City Council can sublet a part of their property, or take in a lodger, if they have written permission. If you sublet part of your Council home without getting written permission then you could lose your home.

Under no circumstances are tenants of Birmingham City Council allowed to move out and rent their home to someone else.

Essential Information
  • You can find tenants wishing to exchange at the Homeswapper website, or advertising in local newspapers and local shops.

  • Use the mutual exchange online application form. Make sure that you tell us:

    • Full name and date of birth of prospective subtenant
    • Details of which part of the property is proposed for subletting and reasons for subletting
    • Duration of proposed subletting arrangement
    • If there is any charge for this arrangement.

    Remember to tell Benefit Services if there is any change to the people who live in your home.


  • There are many ways that you can find another tenant that you would like to swap with:

    • You can advertise your property in the local newspaper or by placing notices in shop windows
    • There are many online exchange schemes, and Birmingham City Council tenants can register for free with Homeswapper
    • You can ask friends or family if they know of any suitable properties or other people who wish to exchange properties
Frequently Asked Questions
    • No. If you do not get permission to exchange first you and the person you swap with could be evicted and lose your homes.

    • Yes, and if you swap without permission you could be evicted and lose your home.

    • If you believe that your neighbour has made an illegal mutual exchange you should tell your local housing team who will investigate the matter.

    • Requests for subletting must be made in writing and must include the following information as well as reasons for the request:

      • Full name and date of birth of prospective subtenant
      • Details of which part of the property is proposed for subletting and reasons for subletting
      • Duration of proposed subletting arrangement
      • If there is any charge for this arrangement

      If permission is granted it is the tenants responsibility to inform Benefit Services as their entitlement to Housing Benefit may alter.

    • If you believe that your neighbour’s property is being illegally sublet you should tell your local housing team who will investigate the matter.

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