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I’m dying to trade my meetinghouse for a bigger one, but they’re all small, noisy, or too “town hall.”

A couple from a COUNCIL home, desperate to trade their home for a larger one, are dismayed by other options that are too small, noisy or too ‘town hall’.

Channel 5’s new show Council House Swap follows tenants as they explore the homes of others across the country and swap theirs without spending a penny.

At the council exchange tonight, Dave and Fran are about to move out of their two bedroom apartment

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At the council exchange tonight, Dave and Fran are about to move out of their two bedroom apartmentCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk
They hope to find a three bedroom meetinghouse to live in, but are not impressed with the possibilities

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They hope to find a three bedroom meetinghouse to live in, but are not impressed with the possibilitiesCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

On tonight’s episode, Dave and Fran are at their wits’ end with their two teenagers, two toddlers and a dog in their two bedroom flat in Dorset.

They are currently spending £400 a month on a ground floor flat but are looking for a larger triple flat.

Fran says: “We wanted one baby and then we had two, so together we have four girls.

“Space is our anger and store.

Council House Swap viewers stunned as couple go house hunting with their DOG
My house is too big to clean - I could have moved but the noise was unbearable

“We are looking for a larger property that we can all fit into. It is becoming very urgent now.”

But their hunt is not easy.

Her first viewing is a three bedroom house in Harlow Essex costing £500 a month.

The pad is owned by professional cleaner Kate, who has swapped council housing ten times, and seems to be going down well with ex-Essex boy Dave.

However, Fran worries that the third bedroom is too small.

Looking at the room, which is currently an office, she says, “It’s pretty small, isn’t it?

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“Like it, the third bedroom is very small.”

Her next hope is 120 miles down the coast in Plymouth, but this home is definitely not a hit for Fran, who describes it as a “very urban property”.

Things only get worse when current tenant Kerrie takes them to the garden and the couple hears loud music coming from a nearby house.

At this point, Fran is emotionally left behind by house hunting and hopes her third property will be the one.

She bursts into tears and says, “I feel like crying.”

This is a spacious three bedroom house in Langport, Somerset and while it fits the bill the current renter is not interested in trading for Dave and Fran’s house.

Fran tells the tenant: “I really like the house and the garden, the garden is absolutely huge, the house is big downstairs too.”

The couple’s only option is to find another home and create a “multiswap,” which is like a home swap property ladder.

Fran says, “I think we get to a certain point and then we grab and rent privately.”

Meetinghouse renters can move their home to another rented meetinghouse if the other person agrees.

The HomeSwap program, formerly the Mutual Exchange, is now called HomeSwap Direct and was launched by Grant Shapps in 2011.

Council House Swap is on Channel 5 on Wednesday at 9pm

Dave and Fran are at their wits' end in their two bedroom flat in Dorset with their two teenagers, two toddlers and a dog

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Dave and Fran are at their wits’ end in their two bedroom flat in Dorset with their two teenagers, two toddlers and a dogCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk
They look around for potential homes to move into but struggle to find their dream home

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They look around for potential homes to move into but struggle to find their dream homeCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk
Some of the houses have bedrooms that are too small for Dave and Fran

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Some of the houses have bedrooms that are too small for Dave and FranCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk
Her first viewing is a three bedroom house in Harlow Essex costing £500 a month

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Her first viewing is a three bedroom house in Harlow Essex costing £500 a monthCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

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Sarah Y. Kim

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