HomeSwapper has launched a free urgent moves service (UMS) tool for landlords to help tenants in urgent need of re-housing. The new service is based on HomeSwapper’s existing automated matching service for mutual exchanges.
John Carthew, managing director, HomeSwapper, said, “Since the demise of the Homes Mobility Scheme in 2007, there has been no national scheme to help households who need to move urgently, but demand never went away from both tenants and landlords.”
HomeSwapper records around 17,000 mutual exchanges each year and covers 60 per cent of the UK’s social landlords. Carthew added, “We have already delivered three times the amount of moves achieved by the old Homeswap mutual exchange scheme; now we want to do the same with a replacement to the Homes Mobility Scheme, using our expertise to make it better.”
Using the power of mutual exchange, HomeSwapper immediately shows landlords the latest mutual exchange matches for their UMS tenants. This enables them to identify a suitable new home from readily-available homes registered on HomeSwapper. In the event that the UMS tenant’s home is not attractive to the person whose home they want, their landlord could elect to offer a void property nearby to make the move happen.