Decant and Downsizing Policy and Grants

When a tenant is required to leave their property because of major repairs or because the property is to be demolished or disposed of, we refer to this process as a 'decant'. The Icon for pdf Decant and Downsizing Policy [585.09KB] explains the level of compensation that will be paid to tenants when they are decanted. 

The policy also details the payments that will be made to tenants who decide to downsize from a property that is larger than their needs to one of a more suitable size as defined in the Council's Allocation Policy.

As from 1st April 2013 the downsizing incentives for under-occupying UDC tenants will be as follows:

Where a Uttlesford District Council (UDC) tenant is occupying a property that is larger than their needs and they agree to transfer to another property, they will receive support to assist them with finding an alternative suitable property and will be eligible for a downsizing grant.

UDC Tenants wishing to downsize (move to accommodation with fewer bedrooms than their current property) will be placed on the housing register and will normally be assessed as Band A. They will be able to 'bid' on all suitable properties advertised through the HomeOption Choice Based Lettings Scheme.

UDC Tenants in general needs housing downsizing to UDC or RSL elderly person's accommodation (Bungalows, flats designated for the elderly, sheltered housing) in Uttlesford.

  • £2500 cash payment, paid once move is complete

or

  • Goods and services plus cash payment up to a maximum total value of £2500. Goods and services provided are:
    • Removals 
    • Disconnection and reconnection of cooker and washing machine
    • Carpets

UDC Tenants in general needs housing downsizing (moving to a property with fewer bedrooms than their current property) to a UDC or RSL general needs property within Uttlesford.

  •  £2000 cash payment, paid once move is complete

 or

  • Goods and services plus cash payment up to a maximum total value of £2000. Goods and services provided are:
    • Removals
    • Disconnection and reconnection of cooker and washing machine
    • Carpets

Rent arrears or the cost of repairing tenant's damage to UDC property will be deducted from downsizing payments.

Downsizing grants do not apply to tenants moving as part of a mutual exchange
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