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    Housing exchange advice please

    Hi we have found a house we are willing to exchange too and the other tenants are willing to come to ours. The other tenants are over occupying their house as they have a 3 bedroom and their two children have left home meaning its just 2 adults now. We have two children and 2 adults in a 2 bed and they are saying we wont be able to swap because we will be under occupying their house as our children can share a room. Anyone else had this or have any experiences with appeals? Its ridiculous we are willing to pay the extra rent and any extra for the extra bedroom if that's what it means but their saying that is the rules and nothing can be done and otherwise this other family are drastically over occupying theirs leaving them in a situation where they have to pay for 2 extra bedrooms that are not needed. Both houses are Bromford housing association. If anyone has any advice or similar experiences please get in touch thanks

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    How old are your children and boys or girls?

    bromford.co.uk/cus…ax/

    Children of both sexes under 10 would be expected to share a bedroom. If they currently do not share and they remain in separate rooms, one of their rooms will be considered as a spare bedroom.

    Children of the same gender under 16 would be expected to share a bedroom.

    Original Poster

    hi thanks for the replies i know the reasons its more that this other person is in a situation where without going through this exchange they are left with 2 extra rooms,. just asking if anyone has had similar and managed to successfully appeal decision. just situation suits both people so they lose nothing, at the min they have someone over occupying a house with 2 rooms even if they class as over occupying then its only by one surly thats better!! we would private rent but when u was young ended up homeless(not for long but still stressful when landlords changed their minds and wanted their home back and dont want that risk for my kids.

    Original Poster

    they are 8 and nearly 6 and share a very small room so naturally want to upsize we willing tp pay any extra rent or 'bedroom tax' so just dont see what they got to lose by leaving both tenant's in a bad situation x

    I thought this rule only applied if you we're claiming housing benefit? I could be wrong, but you're best checking with your housing officer.

    Original Poster

    ok thanks the other tenants do and we currently get a few quid a month towards our rent but as i say we are willing to pay all that so its just annoying xx

    At the moment you have two houses with 2 rooms not being used, you exchange and its the same situation, except you would be utilising one house more efficiently. I would put in an appeal on that basis. If you haven't already seen it the below link will help.

    bromford.co.uk/cus…me/

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    Argoj

    At the moment you have two houses with 2 rooms not being used, you … At the moment you have two houses with 2 rooms not being used, you exchange and its the same situation, except you would be utilising one house more efficiently. I would put in an appeal on that basis. If you haven't already seen it the below link will help.http://www.bromford.co.uk/customer-area/moving-home/want-to-swap-your-rented-home/



    ​thanks for your reply, thats what im thinking, at the end of the day although we are cramped, i am greatful we have a roof over our head and although I'd love to move things could be worse, just feel bad for the other people,the guy is disabled and they are going to be left paying for two extra bedrooms they don't need which we could do with, just stupid imo.

    I would assume they would like to keep the 3 bed clear for a family who needs it. Almost makes sense but when you consider it could lead to the other family of 2 adults not moving for a long time if your swap doesn't happen, plus the fact that you will eventually need the extra bed when the children get older then its a bit silly.
    I would appeal and try to make them see sense. Explain you can see what their perfect scenario is but that it doesn't make sense for them to deny to families a swap they want on the hopes that a better match comes along at some point.

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    Deaa

    I would assume they would like to keep the 3 bed clear for a family who … I would assume they would like to keep the 3 bed clear for a family who needs it. Almost makes sense but when you consider it could lead to the other family of 2 adults not moving for a long time if your swap doesn't happen, plus the fact that you will eventually need the extra bed when the children get older then its a bit silly. I would appeal and try to make them see sense. Explain you can see what their perfect scenario is but that it doesn't make sense for them to deny to families a swap they want on the hopes that a better match comes along at some point.



    ​yes exactly my thoughts , i hope they see sense. as i say our situation is one thing but the other couple are way worse off x
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