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    Social Housing - Occupancy Question

    Hopefully someone can ease our minds on this one -

    We are a couple in a 2 bed council house.
    We are about to engage in a 3way swap whereby a 20 year old single female, who is currently with a housing association in a 2 bed flat, would be moving in to ours.

    Does this satisfy under-occupancy rules of being allowed to have 1 bedroom more than required?

    We're pretty sure it does, especially as she's currently in a 2 bed flat, but would value that reassurance.

    Many Thanks

    9 Comments

    ask the council

    shamus1975

    ask the council



    +1, or ask the CAB

    shamus1975

    ask the council



    As above..

    Banned

    i know here they probably wouldnt allow it, even though she is already in a 2 bed they wouldnt allow her to move to another 2 bed

    Original Poster

    I thought there was a rule somewhere that you are allowed 1 more bedroom than you need, but blow me if i can find anything on the net about it.

    i would check on your local councils website to see if their is any information about mutually exchanging housing , but if you do have any reservations i would definately give the council a ring just to make sure .
    Edited by: "mishka1127" 19th Oct 2010

    Original Poster

    Was just looking for some peace of mind before going to sleep.
    Been searching to complete a 3way swap for ages and suddenly had the dreaded thought that this could be an issue.
    Our council doesn't publish anything about occupancy on mutual exchanges on their website, but neighbouring councils do and all 3 state 1 spare bedroom is allowed i,e a couple or single person can exchange up to a 2 bed house.
    Now to sleep - thanks to all for your help and advice.

    def ask the council as they tried to put 4 of us in a 2 bedroom (said we didnt need anything bigger) when i was 6 months pregs as well!! they said we could move again when the baby was here!

    it annoyed me alot at the time as there was 4 of us yet a single person/couple were allowed a 2 bed as well! but we have our own 4 bed now so turned out fine

    Original Poster

    tracyhay

    def ask the council as they tried to put 4 of us in a 2 bedroom (said we … def ask the council as they tried to put 4 of us in a 2 bedroom (said we didnt need anything bigger) when i was 6 months pregs as well!! they said we could move again when the baby was here!it annoyed me alot at the time as there was 4 of us yet a single person/couple were allowed a 2 bed as well! but we have our own 4 bed now so turned out fine



    I do know where you are coming from. Our council have told us that a single person can mutually exchange to a 2 bed house, and yet on the tenancy agreement we have it states that our 2 bed house can accomodate 5 adults.
    Rules seem more relaxed on mutual exchanges, than that of the council being the ones to rehome people, as i doubt they would ever rehome a single person in to a 2 bed house.

    It's worked at well for us, and in the end everyone in the swap has a 2 bed property, so noone has gained or lost a bedroom, we've just all got what we wanted.

    Now we just have to wait up to 6 weeks for them to carry out checks on our homes before preceeding to the signing of the new tenancies, and we can all be moved and settled in before Christmas.

    We are very lucky as we're moving from a mid terrace in a city, to a semi on an island which has a conservatory, and sea views from both sides of the house...Yayyyy
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