Council tenant services

Downsizing options

If you're living in a property with more rooms than you need, we can help you downsize to a smaller more suitable home.

The council offers a variety of options for those who are wanting to downsize to smaller accommodation. We can also offer a financial incentive package to help with the cost associated with moving. Whether you can no longer manage your home, can no longer afford unoccupied bedrooms, or just wish to move to smaller accommodation, we can help.

Benefits of downsizing

  • The council can offer a generous financial incentive package to downsize for eligible tenants.
  • More suitable and more manageable property.
  • Cheaper monthly bills.
  • For those affected by bedroom subsidy, a more suitable and more affordable property.
  • An opportunity to clear rent arrears using incentive package.

Downsizing options

  • Apply for a transfer through Locata - as an under occupier you will be eligible for a higher banding. 
  • Sheltered accommodation - for those downsizers ages 60+ we can offer a range of warden control sheltered schemes with careline installed within 60+ communities. 
  • Bungalows for those aged 60+ - for residents aged 60+ wishing to downsize but do not wish to move to sheltered accommodation. Many have their own gardens and walk-in showers. 

To find out more about any of the downsizing options mentioned above visit Locata Home

Seaside and Country Homes Scheme - if you are 55+ you can apply to transfer out of the borough and move to a seaside or rural location.

Extra care - if you are 55+ and currently have a package of care in place where you're living, or have a care need, you may be eligible for one of our newly built extra care schemes. For more information please call our Social Care Direct team on 01895 556633 or email socialcaredirect@hillingdon.gov.uk

Incentives

Incentives are awarded depending on how many bedrooms a tenant is giving up.

Move from

Move to

Bedrooms released

What you get

Removals paid for

Redecoration

4 beds

3 beds

1

£2,000

Up to £400

N/A

4 beds

2 beds

2

£4,000

Up to £400

N/A

4 beds

1 bed

3

£6,000

Up to £400

£850**

3 beds

2 beds

1

£2,000

Up to £400

N/A

3 beds

1 bed

2

£4,000

Up to £400

£850**

2 beds

1 bed

1

£2,000

Up to £400

£850**

**Redecoration relates to pensioner households only moving into one bed property [age restricted or not]. 

For more information on downsizing, email rbowden@hillingdon.gov.uk or call 01895 556666.

Page last updated: 12 Jul 2021