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to be gutted about losing out on this house? (council house swap related)

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MoomieAndFreddie Sun 21-Oct-12 18:41:31

am in a housing assoc house, and we want to move

theres nothing much wrong with our area but its quite inner city, and while i am happy to live here while dc are small (6 and 3) i don't think it will be good for them as they grow up. ideally i want to swap for a council house (as cheaper rent and chance to buy) and want a more rural location.

my area used to have an awful reputation, but in the last 10 - 15 years the city council have spent a lot on regeneration and its much better. but people still have this preconception that its awful because of its old reputation. but it really isn't. i am on homeswapper (mutual exchange website) and every bloody time i find a potential swap they either don't come or mess us about. and i am sick of it. i don't want to be stuck here forever.

anyway. the other day, to my AMAZEMENT, i had a message from someone who said she would be interested in swapping with me, and her house was so perfect for us, great location, council, and a decent size. and we arranged for her to come and see our house today. well i spent all day cleaning and tidying only to get a text 10 mins before she was due to get here with some lame excuse why she couldn't come and that she would call and reschedule sad

i just don't think i am going to hear from her again. as this has happened so many times. i just want to live somewhere i'm happy with, and before anyone suggests private renting or buying - NO to private renting as its a rip off and not secure enough, and we can't buy, thats not an option. bar a lottery win

not sure what i am hoping for posting this, just wanted to vent really sad

usualsuspect3 Sun 21-Oct-12 18:48:55

It's a shame when areas get unfair reputations, I hope you get some luck soon.

The estate where my mum lives had an awful reputation years ago,but it's a pleasant place to live now. but mud sticks sad

annie987 Sun 21-Oct-12 18:49:06

Yabu. I would love to move. We live in a 2 bed house with 2 kids. We're in negative equity so moving is not an option.
You have the choice to privately rent but choose not to. Your choice.

SuePurblybilt Sun 21-Oct-12 18:49:25

I've exchanged twice via Homeswapper and it is bloody nerve wracking. The first one was in a properly skanky area and I never thought it'd go - but I it did within weeks.
My tips, for what they're worth, are to write your ad like an estate agent, have LOADS of info about schools, bus routes, shops etc. And spend some money (sorry) on House Doctoring the house - neutral colours, replace shower curtain with screens, sort any damage, pimp the garden etc. As many good photos as you can and have some more ready to send if they contact you.
There are also some free sites that are a bit crappy but if you're proactive you can keep your message bumped near the top. Have you tried cards in newsagents/free paper ads too? Remember some older people simply don't use Homeswapper (generalising but ykwim).
Good luck.

Witchety Sun 21-Oct-12 18:51:00

You can also buy HA places, maybe also look at those?

usualsuspect3 Sun 21-Oct-12 18:51:00

I wouldn't give up your secure tenancy for a private rent. Not in a million years.

BeingBooyhoo Sun 21-Oct-12 18:56:27

well firstly, you may not actually have liked the house once you had been and viewed it/the area so i dont think you should be as gutted as you seem to be.

and secondly, she may still get back to you.

expatinscotland Sun 21-Oct-12 18:58:40

SueP is the only one I've heard of who's actually had successful swaps using Homeswapper.

AmberLeaf Sun 21-Oct-12 19:05:48

I too have had a successful swap using Homeswapper.


ophelia275 Sun 21-Oct-12 19:05:54

I think you are very lucky to have a HA home in the first place, they (and council homes) are like a lottery win as far as I am concerned.

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 21-Oct-12 19:07:32

i have several clients who have used homeswopper successfully one is even interviewed on there website.

also include that you are happy to do a multiswop (the best one ive known was a 10 way one over the entire uk) and facilitate the paperwork (homeswopper will tell you how if you email them)

usualsuspect3 Sun 21-Oct-12 19:08:25

Here they come, the think yourself lucky brigade.

MoomieAndFreddie Sun 21-Oct-12 19:13:00

My mate the jammy cow had successful swaps, a tiny little 2 bed to a massive 3 bed in a lovely village, then she decided she was too far away from her friends and got ANOTHER swap to a lovely 3 bed new build on the EXACT street she wanted envy

I don't mind people saying think myself lucky - because I AM lucky, i would rather be where i am than in an unaffordable, unsecure private tenancy or struggling to pay a silly high mortgage.

missuswife Sun 21-Oct-12 19:14:41

I can understand that it must be frustrating for you but it's hard for me to sympathise. My DH and I rent a room in a flat owned by a friend. We have our first baby on the way. So does our friend. She lives here too and wants our room back for her baby and so her own DH can move in (he currently works away). Fair enough, I don't blame her. But my DH and I worth full time in good jobs and cannot find a flat in London to move into. We do not qualify for any kind of housing assistance or council housing. So while I am sorry you are frustrated but try to be content with what you have. You could be about to move into a shit studio with a baby on the way.

Shutupanddrive Sun 21-Oct-12 19:16:26

We have always rented privately with no problems, as the waiting list for a council house was ridiculous - we had no choice. You should maybe consider it, and not just write it off?

AmberLeaf Sun 21-Oct-12 19:28:01

Bad advice to suggest giving up the security of a HA tenancy for a private let!

moleskin Sun 21-Oct-12 19:34:43

We got a swap with homeswapper a few times BUT one went badly wrong!!! We were meant to go in and sign papers day of swap we did it but other person didn't said she couldn't get there. Council said no problem she will bring papers to us on the Monday. By the Monday stupid woman decides she wanted to swap back and got her eldest son to vandalised our car with a hammer!! We didn't want to move back due to this family causing us so much grief our old HA gave us temp accomodation then a year later moved us out again to a lovely house but it was major hassle. Our first swap we did was over 200 hundred miles away so it can be done. Good luck

StuntGirl Sun 21-Oct-12 20:33:11

What is HA and why is it so ruddy amazing?

thekidsrule Sun 21-Oct-12 20:40:59

YANBU to be feed up of having your hopes raised and then to be let down

YABU for looking to buy the LA place (cant you tell im against that policy)

and you would be mad to even think of private renting,no no no dont even consider it

Inneedofbrandy Sun 21-Oct-12 20:45:29

Do not give up your secure tenency for private rent.

I would place adds in trade it. your local paper, gumtree as well as HS. You could have a look on fb and see if there is any swapping groups to.

austenozzy Sun 21-Oct-12 20:53:13

stuntgirl - HA = Housing Association, and the other posters are saying that their secured tenancies are far more secure than a private shorthold tenancy and that it would be silly to pass that up.

qo Sun 21-Oct-12 20:55:24

I feel your pain OP, I loathe the area I live in - but I'm in HA and stuck here - I can't afford to rent privately.

It's so horrible when you have no choice over where you live

iloveshortshorts Sun 21-Oct-12 20:55:54

Sorry to hijack
But i live in a council house, can i use home swapper? Or is it only for housing associations?

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 21-Oct-12 21:02:13

its for all social housing so yes you can

PartyFops Sun 21-Oct-12 21:02:35

Does your local authority have another mutual exchange database such as home link?

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