Downsizing and Homeshare

Downsizing to a smaller home

There are times when older Council or Housing Association tenants find themselves in homes larger than they need, for example when their family has grown up and moved away. We can provide assistance to households who want to downsize to smaller homes.

We will work with older council tenants whose home is larger than they need to help them move to smaller homes that will be more appropriate for their needs.

The aims are:

  • Provide a timely, comprehensive, supportive and customer-focused casework service to older tenants who may wish to move from a council tenancy that is larger than they require.
  • Provide proactive support to older under-occupiers who wish to move - for example by identifying suitable homes, bidding on your behalf, accompanying you on property viewings, arranging removals, utility reconnections and other moving activities.
  • Identify and addressing (through referral and/or signposting) support, equalities and social care needs of older under-occupiers.
  • Ensuring the older under-occupier is fully aware of the range of options available to them - such as bidding, mutual exchange, access to sheltered housing and other “retirement housing” options as applicable.



If you own your home and have a spare room, you can be matched with a person looking for accommodation who can share your home, help you out and offer companionship.   

What is Homeshare?

Homeshares are run by organisations that match people who would like assisted living in their own homes. Help or support around the house is provided to you by people who need accommodation, and are willing to be an extra helping hand around your home.

  • The programme helps older people to remain in their own home, keep their independence and feel more secure with live-in support.
  • Homesharers commit 10 hours per week to doing things like cooking, cleaning, shopping, help to access the computer or gardening, in exchange for having accommodation.
  • It is not a care service, but it can work alongside care services.


How safe is Homeshare?

  • There is a thorough referencing and checks (DBS) process.
  • Homesharers and householders are interviewed and a detailed assessment is produced.
  • A matching process includes introuduction visits and a trial period.
  • A written Homeshare agreement is produced between both parties.
  • On going support and monitoring is provided to both parties.
  • On going support and involvement from family and friends where necessary.
  • Homesharers are assessed carefully by the organisation.
  • Homeowners receive help and companionship at home.


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