Swap shop success
Created on Monday, July 8th, 2013
by Michael Futers
50 Derwent Living households were amongst the 146 that attended the home swapping event at Derby Council House on Saturday, 6 July.
Residents from across the city who are trying to move into a larger or smaller house came together to try and find someone they could swap their home with. Home swaps, or mutual exchanges, have become more popular since the introduction of the “bedroom tax” by the government. Others want to move because they need more room or want to be in a different area.
Residents wore a badge indicating the size of property they currently have and approached those with the size of property they want to move to. As a result of the event some customers are now in touch with a suitable match and looking at a possible swap. Others didn’t find a match this time but are keen to see similar events in the future.
The event was organised by DMeX, the Derby City Mutual Exchange Service, a partnership of several local housing providers that includes Derwent Living and Derby Homes.