Mutual exchange or downsizing

Exchanging or downsizing

We want you to live in a home that is comfortable and right for you. It may be that you would like to move to a different area, or to a different-sized home. To find out more about exchanging or downsizing, please read the information below.


If you are interested in downsizing (moving to a smaller home), you can apply for our Tenant Incentive Scheme, which gives you a cash reward. The scheme applies to all tenants who would like to downsize; whether the property you are moving to is inside or outside the district.

You can apply for the scheme by registering with Gateway to Homechoice. Braintree District Council will then give you a priority banding. When you have received your log-in details you can place a bid on a smaller property.

You will receive £500 per bedroom that is released. For example, if you are moving out of a four-bedroom house and into a two-bedroom bungalow, you are releasing two bedrooms and will therefore receive £1,000. The maximum amount which can be given is £2,000. Payment will made shortly after your move, and any charges or outstanding rent will be deducted from the incentive payment.

To register with Gateway to Homechoice, visit the website here: Gateway to Homechoice.

We wish you lots of success and good luck in your new home.

Mutual exchange

A mutual exchange is when you swap your home with another housing tenant through an ‘assignment of tenancy’. You can move within the district or anywhere else in the country, without the need to go through the usual housing waiting list or letting systems. Tenants with a Secure or Assured Tenancy can apply for a mutual exchange.

Once you have signed the Deed of Assignment it is legally binding and you are expected to move on the date agreed with your landlord.

Please remember that if you wish to carry out a mutual exchange, you must ask your own landlord for permission to exchange. In some cases your application may be refused.

To find out more about mutual exchanges, visit the House Exchange website here: House Exchange.

To find out how to apply for a mutual exchange, please read our Mutual Exchange leaflet. You can download this under the ‘Supporting documents’ box on the right.

All parties in the exchange must complete the Greenfields Mutual Exchange application form below. Please only fill in this form once you have agreed in principle to carry out an exchange with someone.


Please confirm that you have read and understood the statement above.
I have read the statement above.
By providing the information above, you consent to Greenfields Community Housing processing your data to check your eligibility to become a “Mutual Exchange Applicant”. The information you provide will be held on our Document Management system and if your application is successful, will also be held on our Housing Management system. You are able to withdraw your consent at any time by contacting Greenfields’ Neighbourhood Support Manager. However, please note that we are required to retain the information regarding your membership for 6 years after receipt of your application, as per our Data Retention Schedule. For further information please see Our Privacy Policy
I give my consent and confirm that I understand how the data submitted will be used.
I give my consent

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