Lump sum incentive to encourage East Devon council tenants to downsize

PUBLISHED: 09:46 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:46 10 June 2010

COUNCIL tenants in East Devon are being offered up to £1,100 to move to smaller properties in a bid to ease the region s housing shortage. East Devon District Council s housing team hopes the cash incentive will encourage downsizing and help cut the growi

COUNCIL tenants in East Devon are being offered up to £1,100 to move to smaller properties in a bid to ease the region's housing shortage.

East Devon District Council's housing team hopes the cash incentive will encourage downsizing and help cut the growing waiting list of current tenants and new applicants who are desperate for larger family accommodation.

The authority says the move is an innovative way of finding homes for larger families, while supporting those who offer to downsize because they no longer need so much living space.

Housing needs staff are keen to talk to anyone interested in the possibility of downsizing and discussions would be without any obligation to move.

Tenants are entitled to turn down the smaller property if it does not suit their needs, but those who accept a move will be paid up to £1,100.

Graham and Sue Saunders, of Exmouth, are among those who have taken up the offer.

Said Mrs Saunders: "Our house was too big for us after the family left home and we seemed to be rattling around inside it.

"It took all our time to keep the grass cut, and there was the cost of heating a large house.

"We now live in a bungalow where everything is designed to make life easy.

"We downsized and it was the best move we ever made.

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