Council offers tenants £1,000 to downsize
Edinburgh Council is offering tenants up to £1,000 worth of help to move into a smaller house in a bid to free up under-occupied accommodation.
The pilot scheme has been started as research showed over 1,000 homes in the city were under-occupied.
Norman Work, vice convener for housing at Edinburgh Council hopes the scheme will help to free up much-needed larger family accommodation.
He said: ‘No one wants to see rooms lying empty in some of our larger council homes whilst other families are living in over-crowded accommodation. Because of a change in circumstances some tenants are still living in homes that are now too large for them.’
The money offered can be used for removals, decorating vouchers, decorators, and the supply or reconnection of white goods.
Betty Stevenson, chair of the Edinburgh Tenants federation said: ‘Sometimes the thought of packing and moving could put people off especially in today’s current economic climate but this assistance to move will come in useful.’
A sum of £50,000 has set aside for the initial pilot project, which will later be reviewed to allow the council to decide for further incentive schemes.