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May
2014
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New scheme to help Leeds tenants move home


A new scheme has been launched by Leeds City Council to help tenants with the costs of moving home, making it easier for tenants to get a home that is the right size for them.



From this month (May), a selection of council homes will be advertised with an incentive package to help tenants cover the costs of their move.



The council will also be writing to invite tenants to apply to the scheme to help overcrowded and under occupying tenants find a suitable home through a ‘home swap’ scheme.



The council will be contacting tenants on the housing waiting list who are living in a one bedroom property, who are overcrowded, and tenants in two bedroom houses who are overcrowded or under occupying. The scheme will also help tenants living in a property adapted for a disabled person where the adaptations are no longer required.



Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member responsible for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:



“I am delighted that we have launched this scheme. We know helping some tenants with the costs of moving home can make all the difference to them swapping into the right sized home.’



The scheme is entirely voluntary, but I would encourage tenants who want to move but can’t afford the costs of moving, to contact us to see if we can help.”



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Notes to editors:



Contact numbers for those interested in the scheme are:



0800 188 4000 / 0113 3760410



There is also information and contact details at:

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/tenantmobilityincentivescheme.aspx



- The council has allocated £200,000 to help tenants with the costs of their move

- The incentive will cover reasonable costs of a move

- Tenants can apply using the application form available on the Leeds City Council website



Issued by:

Phil Morcom

Communications and Marketing team

Leeds City Council

4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR



Mobile: 07891 276270

Tel: 0113 224 3602

Fax: 0113 247 4736

www.leeds.gov.uk