Downsize in 2008 and be quids in

PUBLISHED: 12:42 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council is offering its tenants up to £1,100 to help them move if they are finding their current home too big for their needs. The Council's housing needs team has a list of tenants and new applicants who are desperate for larger famil

EAST Devon District Council is offering its tenants up to £1,100 to help them move if they are finding their current home too big for their needs.The Council's housing needs team has a list of tenants and new applicants who are desperate for larger family accommodation and this is an innovative way of trying to find homes for these families, whilst offering support to tenants who have offered to downsize.Housing Needs staff are keen to talk to anyone about the possibility of downsizing.A spokesperson for EDDC said: "Any discussions would be without any obligation to move and tenants can turn down the smaller property if it's not what they want or where they want to live."If tenants do decide to move from a general purpose house to a smaller flat or bungalow, they will be paid up to £1,100. "The money can be put towards furnishing their new home or to help meet the cost of moving."Many of the Council's tenants are finding that they no longer need so much living accommodation. "Sometimes the garden is becoming too difficult to look after properly or they may want to move closer to family and friends."For more information contact EDDC on (01395) 517469.

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