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.