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How to... reduce under-occupation


How to... reduce under-occupation


With 1.7 million households on housing waiting lists in England and turnover of social rented homes at around 5 per cent, there has never been a more pressing need for social landlords to make the best possible use of the homes that they own and manage.

This briefing provides guidance on how to make downsizing a positive choice for tenants and includes several practical examples of organisations that run successful downsizing schemes.

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  • ?I am concerned that this, very current briefing suggest changing allocation policies to allow couples or single people to downsize into two bed homes. This could place people reliant on HB into a ho

    Green, Marie Frances
  • ?Hi Marie, Thanks for your comment, I'm really sorry that it appears to have been cut off part way through. The comments function is new to our website and it looks like this may be a technical problem, which we will get resolved immediately. From what I can see, I understand that your concern is that a household downsizing into a 2 bedroom home could still be affected by the new HB reductions for households that are under-occupying. We will respond to this comment in full shortly. David Pipe Policy & Practice Officer (Products & Services)

    Pipe, David
  • Hi Marie, thanks for getting in touch. This guide is focused on 'traditional' under-occupiers, that is, people over 61 years of age who make up the majority of under-occupiers, rather than working age people who will be affected by the social sector size criteria and HB reductions if their home is larger than they need. We have developed a specific guide on the size criteria and you can download a copy here: If it would be helpful to talk this over, just give me a call on 07950 506692. Melanie Rees, Advisor, CIH Making Best Use of Stock Team.

    Rees, Melanie Jayne

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