Council urging tenants to swap homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government, Universal Credit
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A local authority is encouraging social tenants to consider swapping homes with one another.
Ashford Borough Council would like residents of council or housing association-owned properties who want and who are able to move to look at taking part in mutual exchanges.
Tenants can swap with others in or out of the borough.
The swap drive is being fuelled by the imminent welfare changes, which will include the implementation of the 'bedroom tax'. Tenants deemed to be 'under-occupying' their properties will be hit with cuts to their housing benefit of up to 25 percent.
The council's solution is to get tenants who may be affected by the changes to swap their homes for ones that are more suitable to their needs.
Councillor Aline Hicks, the council’s portfolio holder for housing, said: "Mutual exchanges are becoming more popular and are a good way for people to move within social housing. They also offer an opportunity to downsize, which is an important consideration for many people. Our officers are on hand to talk you through what’s involved and if it’s what you want to do, they can get you started."