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Me n my partner have 3 children together and currently live in a 3 bedroom house rented from a housing association. We’ve been trying to swap our house for the past 4 years due to various factors but so far haven’t been successful as can’t seem to find the right home.

We’re currently considering swapping with a smaller size property (2-bedroom house) but what if we moved there and found it a struggle trying to fit all of us?

Will we able to re-apply to the council and enter their waiting list for a bigger size property again or will they not accept our application because we downgraded on our own well?

We’ve already been in touch with the council and they confirmed we’re entitled to a 3 bed house.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated please.

Thanks in advance

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I think you should be able to re-enter the waiting lists, but those are notoriously and ridiculously long and it might be years before the council presents you with a new property.

In light of this, I would be very very very very sure that the smaller property is going to fit all family members and that you will be comfortable for the long run living in there.

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