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Mutual Exchange

Mutual exchanges, sometimes called House Swaps or Transfers

A Mutual Exchange is where a tenant of West Lothian Council swaps houses with another Scottish Secure Tenant of West Lothian Council, a Housing Association or of another Local Authority.

There are many benefits to using the Mutual Exchange service, including finding the kind of house you want without waiting on the housing waiting list. If you were to use this service, any live housing applications with the council will be cancelled as your needs are considered met. For more information on the benefits and requirements, see the Mutual Exchange- What you need to know.


West Lothian Council works in partnership with UK's leading mutual exchange service - HomeSwapper. As a valued tenant you are able to use this service for FREE to help you find a new home.

  • HomeSwapper is a website which helps council tenants swap houses, locally and nationally
  • It can help you find a swap with someone who needs somewhere bigger to live
  • Call into the CIS/ library for advice and assistance on the scheme and to get access to the website if you don't have internet access.
  • You can advertise in local papers or place an advert in local shops or on social media/websites where property exchanges are advertised.