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For what reasons will a mutual exchange be refused?

You can’t mutually exchange if you have an introductory tenancy. There are also specific grounds for refusing of a mutual exchange laid out in the Housing Act 1985 and Localism Act 2011.

The most common reasons for refusing an exchange are:

  • Either party has rent arrears.
  • The property is substantially larger than reasonably needed.
  • Action has been commenced by the landlord due to anti-social behaviour or other breach of tenancy.
  • The property has been adapted for a tenant with special needs for example is wheelchair adapted.
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