Our RightSizing offer
We understand that your housing needs and wants change over time and you may no longer need the size of your current home because your children have left home, leaving spare bedrooms, or you might want to reduce your rent and household costs.
Whatever the reason, we want to support you to find a home that suits your needs. We call this RightSizing.
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We recognise that moving home can be expensive and stressful, which is why we want to support you when you’re RightSizing but with a limited budget and resources it’s important we prioritise who we support.
Larger homes especially four beds and above are in high demand, with lots of families on the waiting lists and living in overcrowded households.
Our RightSizing offer is for customers living in these larger homes to move so freeing up these homes for bigger families.
We have developed some principles on the support we can offer so that we have a fair and transparent approach to RightSizing. We can support with the following:
Through our transfer policy we can give priority to households RightSizing by two bedrooms - so from a four bed to a two bed or one bed home, or from a three bed to a one bed home.
Applying for a move
We’ll provide you with advice on the best options in the area you would like to move to.
This can be support with registering for a mutual exchange, applying to the local authority or, if it’s an area where we have nomination rights, help with applying for an internal transfer.
Finding a suitable home
We’ll provide support with finding a suitable home, carrying out matching via HomeSwapper or advising when suitable homes will be advertised via Sovereign Home Transfer. We can also help during the bidding process.
You can still keep a spare bedroom for family to come and stay as long as you can afford the home.
We know that moving home can be stressful with lots to arrange and manage. Our Rehousing Support Officers will offer support with things such as finding removal companies, arranging packing and/or removals.
To encourage and support our customers to RightSize we can offer some financial support of up to £4,000 depending on the size of the home. This can be used as:
- A one-off payment to cover moving costs such as removals, carpets.
- Clearing any rent arrears you currently have.
- Covering the cost of any repairs to the home you are responsible for to avoid recharges.
- Covering the rent in your new home for a period of time.
The amounts we may be able to offer are:
- 6 bed home - £4,000
- 5 bed home - £3,500
- 4 bed home - £3,000
- 3 bed home - £2,500
- 2 bed home - £2,000
We have discretion to increase the financial support offered in certain circumstances.
We also recommend you try:
Please email RightSizing@sovereign.org.uk or call 0300 5000 926 and ask for the Lettings team.