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  • The legal process of transferring tenants from one property to another.
  • Most often associated with social housing and overseen by Decant Officers.
  • Applied in situations where properties have fallen below or never attained an acceptable housing standard or via natural disasters e.g. flooding.
  • Tenants may have a right to return to their original property following improvements or renovations - subject to time limits on length of occupation.  Alternatively tenants may have no right to return but a right to remain at their new dwelling.
  • Tenants may have no right to return and in some instances no right to be decanted and may simply be evicted.
Published: 24 September 2015 Last Updated: 17 November 2021