What is HomeSwapper.ie?
HomeSwapper.ie has been set up by Dublin City Council and Cork City Council to help their tenants find a mutual exchange (home swap).
You can search for someone to swap with in the Dublin City or Cork City areas and can even move from one area to the other if you wanted to.
This is initially a trial scheme and the service will be available for tenants until 31st October 2020.
What is a Mutual Exchange?
A mutual exchange (sometimes called an "Inter-transfer") is a home swap between two social housing tenants. It can happen for many reasons, such as needing more (or less) space, moving for work, to be closer to family or you might just simply want a fresh start.
It’s a great option for social housing tenants who can’t access or don’t want to wait for the normal allocation process or your Local Authority's "transfer list".
Home swaps give you more control and means you’re able to choose a home that suits your needs better in a place you want to live.
Can I register to use HomeSwapper.ie?
HomeSwapper.ie is currently only available for social housing tenants of Dublin City Council or Cork City Council.To be eligible, you must also:
- Have had your tenancy for at least 12 months
- Have no anti-social behaviour record
- Have no rent arrears in the last 12 months
If you’re not sure, it’s always a good idea to get in touch with your Local Authority to find out if you’re allowed to swap, before you start looking.
It’s also important to remember that you cannot swap with a private housing tenant – both homes need to be social housing properties. However, it is possible to swap between Dublin and Cork City Council homes.
After you have completed the registration form, your Local Authority will check your details and if they're happy for you to use the service they will "approve" your account. You will then have full access for the length of the pilot scheme.
If you are not eligible, your account may be rejected by your Local Authority and you will be unable to use the service.