Brighton & Hove City Council has a limited supply of family sized accommodation and properties adapted to be wheelchair accessible. The council has therefore adopted an under-occupation incentive scheme in order to free up these properties.
Under the Transfer Incentive & Transfer Support Schemes, Council & Housing Association tenants who give up properties which are larger than they need and move into a property of the correct size for their household’s needs (according to our Allocations Policy) may be eligible for assistance from the Council.
The Transfer Incentive Scheme (TIS) is for Brighton and Hove council tenants who are living in a family size accommodation and have 1 or more bedrooms they no longer need and are interested in downsizing or ending their tenancy. Tenants have the option of transferring to another social housing property or moving to the private sector.
The scheme is also available for tenants who have a wheelchair-adapted property they no longer require and who could move to a new home without adaptations (even with the same number of bedrooms), freeing up an accessible property for someone who needs it.
Under the Transfer Incentive Scheme, council tenants who are giving up these types of accommodation are eligible for cash incentives and are given the highest priority for re-housing in the allocations scheme.
The Transfer Support Scheme (TSS) is for Housing association tenants living in Brighton and Hove who are either under-occupying or no longer need a wheelchair-adapted property. The can apply to move through Homemove on the Transfer Support Scheme and if eligible are also given the highest priority for re-housing. Brighton and Hove Council will no pay an incentive payment, tenant will need to ask their landlord if they would offer any payment for downsize.
No tenant will be forced to move from their home due to under occupation alone.