East Devon District Council

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16. Tackling under occupation

We recognise that we have a large number of family properties, particularly three bedroom properties, which are under occupied.

Possible changes to housing benefit regulations where properties are under occupied could see restrictions to levels of housing benefit, resulting in tenants having a greater rent burden.

We have a downsizing scheme which provides financial assistance to people who move to a smaller property and so free up a family sized property. 

We will give priority on Devon Home Choice to people wishing to downsize. Anyone wishing to downsize by two bedrooms or more will be placed in Band B, and anyone wishing to downsize by one bedroom in Band C.