TENANTS looking to downsize could benefit from a housing swap shop this week.

A Mutual Exchange Fair will help renters find a more suitably sized home and provide advice about benefits.

Colchester Borough Homes, the body which oversees Colchester Council’s housing stock, has organised the event to help residents affected by upcoming welfare reforms. From April housing benefit will be capped if claimants have an unused bedroom.

The fair takes place at the Greenstead Community Centre, in Hawthorn Avenue, between 2pm and 6pm on Wednesday, January 23.