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West Devon tries to free bigger houses
Residents of West Devon living in rented property could receive thousands of pounds if they choose to downsize.
The councilors of the central committee of the district supported this decision as one of the many measures aimed at tackling the housing crisis.
The meeting learned that there is a serious shortage of affordable housing in the area, but that it is particularly acute for families.
However, couples or individuals often stay in larger houses after relatives have left the house or have died, preventing some families from living in suitable accommodation.
Counselors noted that moving, especially for older people, can be difficult, stressful, and expensive, and is often an emotional, practical, or financial strain.
Thus, these tenants will be offered a fixed payment of £ 1,000 plus £ 500 per room they vacate.
The incentive will be offered to people living in family-sized homes – two or more bedrooms – and who wish to move to a property with at least one less bedroom.
This means, for example, that a couple wishing to move from a three-bedroom house to a one-bedroom property will receive £ 2,000.
The money will be paid out if the resident is a tenant of an existing housing association on an insured tenancy, living in the West Devon Borough area and whose owner of the housing association confirms the ‘nomination rights’ for the property being released will be turned over to West Devon Borough Council.
In certain circumstances, the incentive may be higher. Where local pressures on the existing housing stock are recognized, a discretionary payment can increase the award up to £ 5,000.
Other measures to tackle the housing crisis have also been agreed.
These include asking the director of the company to write to the Secretary of State for Leveling, Housing and Communities to push for changes in large areas of the market, the loophole of commercial tariffs from second homes and the regulation of exempt housing.
These allowed landlords to turn long-term rentals into bed and breakfast properties and then claim business rate exemptions. And the definition of an “affordable home” as 80 percent of the total market value has excluded many people from the property.
The advisers also agreed to start preparing a new strategy for the homeless in South Hams and West Devon for 2022-2027 focusing on four groups including single households, families, households with extra needs and street sleepers.