Under-occupancy

What happens at the moment? Priority or preference is given to social housing tenants who are under-occupying.

Under-occupying your home means you have more bedrooms than you need. We use the information you give us to calculate if you are entitled to under-occupancy points. We award 5 points for under-occupancy regardless of the number of bedrooms not being used.

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 Act states that, when looking for a new tenant, we must give reasonable preference to:

  • Tenants of a social landlord who are under-occupying their home

Social landlord are expected to make best use of their housing stock and they can decide to give extra points/priority for each bedroom not being used so that tenants, who want to move to a smaller property, can be prioritised for a transfer.

Question 2.1

When looking at priority for under-occupancy the Fife Housing Register partners make a single award of 5 points regardless of the number of bedrooms not being used.

Do you think the points awarded for under-occupancy should remain the same?

Do you think the points awarded for under-occupancy should be increased?

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To complete an online housing application you will need to register for a secure account on Fife Direct. If you already have an account, login in using your existing details.

If you already have an application and you need to update your circumstances, call us on 03451 55 00 33. Please do not submit a new application.

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