Have you considered a home swap?
From April 2013 Housing Benefit will be cut for working age households who have spare bedrooms. Please see our page on Welfare Reform for more information on what these changes are and how they might affect you. There are several options open to you, one of which is to sign up with a mutual exchange provider.
A mutual exchange is basically a home swap with another tenant. It could be a house exchange, flat exchange, bungalow, maisonette or any other property type. You can swap homes with any council tenant or Housing Association tenant in the UK providing they have the right to mutual exchange and want to swap homes with you.
HomeSwapper and House Exchange both have homes available across the UK so you can find properties either locally or in another part of the country.
If you are interested in a mutual exchange please speak to your Housing Officer for more information on how to progress with this.