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www.islington.gov.uk Smart Move We can help you move to a larger property Are you overcrowded? Need a larger property? If you are an Islington Only about 670 family sized Council tenant and you live properties become available in an overcrowded each year meaning most household then Islington's tenants in overcrowded Smart Move scheme could households will be for you. unfortunately not be rehoused. For most Smart Move helps to match overcrowded households a people living in properties mutual exchange may be with more bedrooms than the only chance of a move. they need (under- occupying tenants) with If you really want to move, people living in then you have to be overcrowded homes, to realistic. Most people want arrange a mutual exchange. a garden, a ground floor property or a low rise or There are currently more street property, so these than two thousand tenants properties are in great in overcrowded households demand. on Islington's housing register. We ensure priority Securing a move to a bigger for housing goes to those home is more likely if you most in need by using a will accept a similar type of points system. Many property to the one you are tenants do not have enough currently in. For example, if points to bid for a larger you are in a high rise property or following an property on a high floor it assessment of their needs would improve your they have not been chances of moving if you considered a high enough would accept a move to the THIS priority to be selected to same type of property. WAY UP outbid other applicants. What you need to do look out for adverts in the Islington Gazette, alongside the Homeconnections advert. view properties by logging on to www.islington.gov.uk/homeconnections visit your local housing office We aim to advertise one or two properties each week. o We only advertise under-occupying tenants. If you are an under-occupier and wish to advertise please call: 020 7527 4350. Why try Smart Move? you do not need points to apply these properties would not be available through Homeconnections therefore increasing the number of properties available to you you don't need to register (If you are already registered on Homeconnections you can call the number on the advert and place your details in the same way as you would to bid.) If you are not already registered you can call 020 7527 4140 to place a manual bid. you can negotiate with the other tenant about what is left in the property, such as carpets and curtains. Properties accepted through Homeconnections generally come without carpets, curtains and other furnishings Top tips keep your rent account clear. If you have a viewing: If you are experiencing problems have a spring clean. Polish please speak to your housing windows, vacuum carpets and tidy officer, as it may prevent your up balconies and gardens. exchange going through. try to have your home looking if you have questions about neat and de-cluttered. Clear the Housing Benefit, talk to the work-tops and floor space so it Islington Benefits Team on looks as spacious as possible to 020 7527 4990. the prospective tenant. if you want to secure that move, Doing these small things could really really promote the benefits of make a big difference to the tenant your home to the prospective viewing your property. tenant If you would like this document in large print or Braille, audiotape or in another language, please contact 020 7527 4140. The Rehousing Team Housing Aid Centre 38 Devonia Road, London, N1 8UY T 020 7527 4140 F 0207 527 4136 Minicom 0800 073 0536 E email@example.com W www.islington.gov.uk/housing Printed on environmentally friendly paper. Published August 2009.
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