Q: I am very interested in home swapping as it seems like such an excellent idea. I live in a two bedroom apartment in Crouch End, North London which I think would be a great location for someone wanting to visit London. However, I do not own the apartment but rent it and so am not sure if I can still take part in a home swap. Do you have any advice? Kathy (Crouch End, London)
A: Thanks for getting in touch and great to hear that you're interested in home swapping! Many people that rent their homes do take part in home swaps. However, it is very important that you first get your landlord’s permission before searching and agreeing an exchange. Many landlords will understand that their property is more secure when occupied that left empty for a period. If your landlord agrees then you're good to go! However, it is important before agreeing an exchange to check that your / your landlord's home and contents insurance will cover the period when your home swap guests will be staying in your home.
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