More than 400 attend first Bexley property swap event
PUBLISHED: 11:21 05 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:21 05 July 2013
More than 400 people attended Bexley's first property swap event on Wednesday (July 3).
The event at the civic offices in Bexleyheath, coordinated by the council in association with local housing associations, was designed to encourage residents who might have been affected by changes to the housing benefit system at how swapping properties might enable them to save money.
Slade Green resident Tony Bainbridge was at the event looking to downsize from a three bed to a two.
He said; “This has been really useful. It has helped us to widen our choice of where we would like to live in the borough.”
At the event residents were able to take a look at the details of properties being made available for a swap. If the property seemed suitable contact information was provided so that the two householders could link up and discuss a possible move.
Cabinet member for adult services Cllr Chris Taylor said: “This was a fantastic success. Our aim was to make more householders consider the idea of a mutual swap and to try and make that happen for as many people that came along as possible.
“The event was even more popular than we expected! The atmosphere in the room was buzzing, with so many people linking up and talking about possible moves. This event is all part of our commitment to provide support and guidance to those residents affected by this year’s welfare changes.
“We know that many of our residents will be affected in some way. If by providing information, support and advice we can help to make the process easier then it can only be a good thing. I hope that we see many swaps come out of the event. We will definitely consider holding another property swap event like this later in the year.”