Home Swap

If you are a tenant and you would like to move home, sometimes considering a swap with another tenant is an option and it can help you move more quickly than waiting on the housing list.

Providing your landlord agrees, `mutual exchanges’ can be arranged between tenants who want to swap homes with a tenant of:

  • Fife Council
  • Any other Local Authority
  • A Housing Association or other Registered Social Landlord

You should be up to date with your rent, keep your home in good order and you should not move to a house which makes you overcrowded.

All applications will be considered and you will not be refused without reasonable cause.

How can I find someone to exchange with?

You have three ways to source an exchange:

  1. If you have completed a Fife Housing Register (FHR) application for Housing you can confirm in this that you wish to consider mutually exchanging with another tenant. We will check the housing list on a monthly basis and contact you with any potential matches.
  2. You may be able to source an exchange via other avenues such as speaking with friends, family or neighbours.
  3. From 6th October 2014 a self-service Mutual Exchange system will be made available to Fife Council tenants on Fife Direct. This will be called Council Home Swap scheme.


What is Council Home Swap Scheme?

  • It is a self-service tool on Fife Direct for Fife Council tenants, which allows you to register your details to help you find an exchange.


How do I join?

  • The Scheme is hosted on Fife Council’s internet site: www.fifedirect.org.uk. Fife Council tenants must be registered on Fife Direct in order to access the Scheme.


I’m not a Fife Council tenant, can I join?

  • The Scheme is currently only available to Fife Council tenants. If you are a tenant of any other landlord or a household member only you cannot join.


How does the Scheme work?

  • Fife Council tenants register their property information. Once approved to use the Scheme, search criteria can be entered. Your search outcome will show any properties which match your criteria.
  • To assist you we provide compatibility scorings. The compatibility shows you how well your own property meets the preferences of the other user.
  • If you see a property you like you can show your interest, this will automatically send an email to the other Fife Council tenant to make them aware.
  • If both tenants show mutual interest in each other’s properties your contact information will then be released to one another via email.
  • If both tenants are satisfied and wish to exchange you can: request the exchange online or complete a paper copy of the application available via your Local Office and await a formal response.
  • Your exchange will not be effective until everyone involved has been informed, in writing, of our decision. If you haven’t heard from us within 28 days of the application being submitted, the exchange will automatically be approved.


Why would my application be refused?

Normally, we will refuse applications where:

  • A notice for eviction has been served on you or the person you are swapping with or an eviction order is in place
  • There are rent arrears
  • The house has been designed or significantly adapted for someone with specific needs and no one on the application needs it
  • The exchange would result in significant under-occupation
  • The exchange would result in overcrowding
  • You are not a secure tenant
  • You or the person you are swapping with has a Short Scottish Secure Tenancy (SSST)
  • If the fixtures and fittings of properties are not to a reasonable standard for both tenants.

Can I appeal if my application is refused?

You can appeal to the Lead Officer (Neighbourhood Management) if your application is refused. You should speak to an Independent Advisor for more information or your local Citizen's Advice and Rights Fife.

What happens when the tenancy is in joint names?

Both tenants must agree to the exchange before it can go ahead.

What must you do before your swap?

Essentially, you should leave your home as you would expect to find it. You are responsible for making good any damage or unacceptable unauthorised alterations before you exchange homes. If you are unhappy with any parts of the swap you must let the Council know as soon as possible.


Further information can be found in the attached publications.

For more information contact

Housing Information and Advice (lines open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Tel: 03451 55 00 33 Contact Housing Information and Advice (lines open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.) online
By Post: New City House 1 Edgar Street Dunfermline Fife KY12 7EP

Alison Hoey, Lead Officer - Housing Allocations 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 06 44 Contact Alison Hoey online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ
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