In this section we have tried to answer your general questions around home swaps (often called mutual exchanges) and how they work.
This depends on the type of tenancy that you have.
If you have a secure tenancy or a flexible tenancy then you have a legal right to exchange your home. If you have an assured tenancy you do not have a legal right to exchange, but often this right is granted through a clause in your tenancy agreement.
If you have an assured shorthold tenancy (including starter tenancies, introductory tenancies and demoted tenancies) you do not have the right to exchange your home.
Landlords have up to six weeks (42 days) to decide whether to give you permission to swap homes once both tenants have submitted their mutual exchange application forms.