Saturday, 30 July 2016

Tenants offered £2,000 to downsize by ALMO

An arms-length management organisation is offering tenants £2,000 to move to smaller homes in a bid to free up family homes.

South Lakes Housing – which is due to become a housing association in March this year – is offering tenants the cash as it searches for ways of housing families.

The ALMO, which manages 3,400 homes, said the downsizing incentive scheme was voluntary but the money could help meet the cost of moving.

Peter Thornton, member for housing and development, at South Lakeland Council, said: ‘This is a fantastic scheme for those tenants who are struggling to manage their house either because it is too large or too costly to look after. 

‘Tenants who make a choice to downsize will pay less rent, council tax, heating and will find a smaller property easier to manage. In turn it will release much needed homes for families living in unsuitable properties.’

According to the latest figures, just under 10 per cent of the 52,006 dwellings in South Lakeland District are affordable.

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