Council House Swap couple moan house is too small and council estatey

This week's episode of Channel 5's Council House Swap featured more couples visiting others' council homes and attempting to swap for a more suitable property.

Dave and Fran, from Christchurch in Dorset, were desperate to swap their two-bedroom council flat for a bigger property with enough room for themselves, their four children and their dog.

However, the couple felt that all the council properties available are too small or too "council estatey".

Currently, under a government scheme called HomeSwap Direct, tenants living in a council or housing association home are easily able to move into a property elsewhere in the country by "swapping" with the tenants in that property.

Viewers were unimpressed with their approach.

"This couple annoy me already," tweeted one as soon as the show started.

"“It’s very council estatey” probably because it is one. Not only that you live in a council house and want to swap it for another council house so stop being such a bloody snob #CouncilHouseSwap" fumed another.

Meanwhile, a third viewer said: "This Dave fella is a judgemental rude prat! Ain’t none of your business how someone decorates their home or how they choose to live! He makes me cringe every time he opens his mouth #CouncilHouseSwap"

The couple's current home in Dorset is "bursting at the seams," Channel 5 explained ahead of the episode being aired on Wednesday evening, as the pair are "crammed into their two-bed flat with two teenagers, two toddlers and a dog".

"We wanted a baby and then we had two," Fran said. "So we have four girls between the two of us! Space is our trouble – and storage. We are looking for a bigger property to fit us all in. It is getting very urgent right now."

None of the homes that Fran and Dave saw during the programme seemed to meet their criteria, and in the end Fran said she'd consider finding a new home locally and renting privately.

Council House Swap continues Wednesdays at 9pm on Channel 5

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