Hull tenants swap homes on Facebook
Council tenants in Hull have found an innovative way to swap houses with each other - through Facebook.
Although the council has its own official website for potential exchanges, one resident, Rachel Smith, has set up a social networking site after months of looking for a home with no success.
The Facebook page, Councilexchange Hull, allows people to advertise their home and tell others about what type of property they are looking for. The group already has more than 1,500 followers.
Users of the council website have complained it is slow and out-of-date.
Kayleigh Grayson, 20, who is trying to swap her two-bedroom house for a larger property told Inside Housing: ‘I have just joined this page and it’s brilliant, I’ve had a really fast response unlike the council website which is slow and crashes.’
Once a swap has been arranged on Facebook, tenants have to contact the council to authorise the exchange officially.
Hull Council said it would prefer tenants to use its own website. The local authority’s head of physical regeneration, Laura Carr, said: ‘We recommend that tenants use the House Exchange website - which can be accessed through the Hull Council website - to search for potential exchanges as they can then be confident the people they are contacting are tenants of Hull Council or other social landlords when sharing details about their home.’
She added: ‘Tenants are able to find matches themselves if they wish by advertising in shops or, as in this case, Facebook.’