Downsize for Cash!
Last Updated: 25 Oct 2012 2:19pm
Dartford's Council tenants are being encouraged to downsize their homes to make room for families in the borough's larger Council houses.
The 'Downsize for Cash' scheme offers a financial reward to secure tenants who are under-occupying their homes and helps them to move to a smaller property. This then frees up larger properties for families in need.
If the tenant is eligible to take part in the scheme, they will receive £500 for each bedroom and parlour released plus £100 to help with moving costs. Additional funding may be available for removal and packing expenses too. For example, a couple moving from a three bedroom house to a one bedroom house would receive £1,100.
In addition, the Council will do its best to move the tenant to an area of Dartford of their choice.
Councillor Pat Coleman, portfolio holder for housing, said, "The Council aims to assist as many people as possible in finding suitable housing for themselves and their families. To do this, we need our existing tenants' help in making under-occupied larger properties available to families in housing need. The 'Downsize for Cash' scheme makes the move rewarding for all involved!"