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12. Downsizing and under occupation

Downsizing in this context means tenants of properties which the tenant under occupies, moving to a smaller home as part of a ‘downsizing’ initiative. Typically these are older people but can include households who have experienced reduction in household size for a number of reasons or households affected by housing benefit changes.

We encourage registered providers to review under occupation at the end of fixed term tenancies, and offer financial incentives and/or support to help tenants downsize.

We will work with registered providers to establish a profile of those tenants under occupying homes in order to target incentives more effectively.