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Downsize for cash

As we go through life, our housing circumstances or needs are likely to change.

Some people find themselves living in homes that are larger than they want or need. Perhaps their children have left home and they find that their running costs, such as gas and electricity, are getting expensive. Is this you? 

The Downsize for Cash Scheme helps Dartford Borough Council tenants who are under-occupying their property, to move to a smaller home. This in turn helps us by being able to offer the released property to a family that needs it most. 

The Downsize for Cash leaflet explains the scheme and how to apply. It gives answers to the following questions:

  • What are the benefits of taking part?

  • Who is eligible?

  • Where can I move to?

  • Has your housing benefit been reduced because you have a spare room and you are under 61 years of age?

  • Can I downsize for cash if I am in arrears with my rent?

  • How does a suitable property become available and allocated to me?

  • How will I get paid?

  • When is the payment made?

  • How do I arrange for my removals and packing costs to be paid?

  • Is there any extra help with moving available?

  • Do you have a list of local removals firms that I can contact?

  • What if I need to dispose of unwanted furniture or household appliances?

  • What if I need help with removing carpets from my old home?

  • What if the new property requires decoration?

  • How do I apply for the Downsize for Cash Scheme?

Last Updated: 19th February 2014 Print Link