Mutual Exchange Policy Review

Closes 4 Dec 2018

Opened 1 Nov 2018


Currently Winchester City Council's mutual exchange policy allows council tenants to move to a property with one bedroom more than their assessed bedroom need.

Winchester City Council is currently reviewing this policy. The Council’s allocations framework was amended in 2015 to ensure that properties allocated to applicants were in line with their actual housing need.  Also in 2013, Housing Benefit changed under the Social Sector Size Criteria. This means those households who are under occupying their home have a reduction in their housing benefit entitlement and pay a rent charge for any extra bedrooms.

Why We Are Consulting

We are considering amending our policy to bring it in line with these legislative changes and also mirror what other local housing providers offer.

We want to get tenant’s views on our current policy and the proposed change. 

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Tuesday 4th December 2018.

As a thank you for taking part in this survey, we would like to offer a randomly selected Winchester City Council tenant a £50 ‘Love2Shop’ shopping voucher for participating & submitting their details.


Tell us what you think about the Mutual Exchange policy and process


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  • Council Tenants


  • Social Housing