Friday, 16 January 2015

130 Mid-Devon HomeSwappers avoid bedroom tax............

Cllr Ray Stanley
MORE than 130 Mid Devon families swapped homes last year, using a mutual exchange partnership organised through Mid Devon District Council.
The HomeSwapper service is said to help residents move to homes that better suit their needs and avoid the government's 'spare room' subsidy. Homeswapper is the UK's largest mutual exchange service and enables tenants living in social housing to search for and arrange house swaps with other social housing tenants throughout the UK.
A spokesperson for Mid Devon District Council said: "By doing this, often all in one day, we have avoided a potential £135,500 in possible void costs.
"When a property lies empty, the average cost is between £2,150 and £6,720."
Councillor Ray Stanley, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "Mutual exchange has been a key housing option for our tenants and HomeSwapper has been central to helping them find new homes.
"We actively promote the service when giving advice on rehoming and it has become a good way of resolving housing issues."
For details of the mutual exchange programme call 01884 255255 or email