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Prioritising applications

When you apply for housing, your application is made active straight away. The priority band you have been awarded will be reviewed if you receive an offer of accommodation and you will be asked to provide proof to support the information you have given. We will also review the priority band in some instances to ensure you have been awarded the correct band. If you have not been given the correct band in accordance with our allocations policy, we will amend this and notify you. If you bid for a property and are 1st priority your application will be checked to ensure you are eligible for an offer. Being on the housing register does not mean you have been accepted as being eligible for an offer of accommodation.

All applications received for rented accommodation will be assessed and placed in a priority band based on the allocations policy applicable to your area. The table below sets out the banding scheme applicable to the different Local Authority areas and gives examples of those applicants who would be eligible to be placed in each band. This is not an exhaustive list.

Homes Direct bands

 Band  Examples 
Band A     

Statutory Homeless applicants, medical emergency, move to allow major repairs, modernisation or redevelopment, overcrowding and short of 3 or more bedrooms, ongoing domestic violence or harassment that can only be resolved by moving home, applicants leaving the armed forces, under-occupying by 1 or more bedrooms.

Band B Other homeless applicants and those who are under threat of being homeless, overcrowding and short of 2 bedroom, lacking basic facilities, families with young children living in upper floor flats with no lifts, loss of tied accommodation, applicants needing to be closer to place of work.
Band C

Applicants who have been approved as foster or adoptive parents and require an additional bedroom to facilitate a placement. Evidence of approval will be required, applicants in one bedroom properties that have access to children at least three days a week, applicants who need to be closer to family and friends, applicants with any other reasonable housing needs, overcrowding and short of 1 bedroom

Band D

Applicants who have no identified housing need, applicants who have deliberately worsened their housing circumstances, applicants who owe debt to a current or previous landlord for rent, service charges and other property related recharges and don’t meet the re-housing with rent arrears policy, applicants who have refused three reasonable offers in a 12 month rolling period, applicants who do not attend 3 viewings without giving at least 24 hours notice.

 

East Northamptonshire bands

 Band  Examples
Priority Card Medical/Social priority card(valid for 6 months), Property being demolished due to disrepair or compulsory purchase, homelessness statutory duty accepted, in priority need, and the council has not yet met it's duty to secure accommodation in the public or private sector (valid for 3 months).  Urgent management move (valid for 3 months).  Agriculture worker who qualifies for assistance under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976. 
Band 1

Property deemed unsuitable for habitation due to disrepair or lack of amenities (assessed by ENC Environmental Protection Team).  Statutory overcrowded as defined in the Housing Act 1985, unless caused deliberately.  Accepted as threatened with homelessness through no fault of their own, not intentionally homeless and currently living in the district.  Severe medical/social need (assessed by medical panel).  RSL tenant lacking two or more bedrooms in district.  Under occupation of an RSL property in the district by 2 or more bedrooms.  Lacking any or all of: internal toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities. Proven harassment/violence/abuse/ other risk.  Separated family due to no suitable accommodation.

Band 2 RSL tenant lacking one bedroom in the district.  Moderate medical/social need (assessed by medical panel).  Under occupation of RSL property in the district by one bedroom.  Move needed to give support to or receive support from a family member - no move would cause physical, emotional or financial hardship to either party (verify address & other evidence).  Move on accommodation required from supported accommodation.  Private rented sector tenants in the district lacking 1 bedroom, Current or former Armed Forces Personnel or War widows/widowers with a local connection, Households sharing facilities with at least one dependant child over 1 year
Band 3

Applicants in private rented accommodation in the district, provided they meet new local connection rules, Mild medical/social need, Shared facilities (kitchen/bathroom/toilet).

Band 4

Current RSL in district, or outside of district with local connection that are suitably housed, Sheltered tenant wanting to move to alternative sheltered accommodation, Owner occupiers over 60 needing sheltered accommodation, Applicants who have sufficient resources to purchase outright or by way of a mortgage, Applicants who have sufficient resources to rent privately and it would be reasonable for them to do so, Those found guilty of unacceptable behaviour not serious enough to make them ineligible, Those with significant rent arrears in the private sector, Current or former armed forces or war widow without local connection, Applicants residing in private rented sector accommodation out of the district with a local connection.

 Band X

 Owner occupiers under 60, Applicants that do not have a local connection to East Northamptonshire are not eligible to participate in this scheme (except armed forces)

 

Please note that Priority Cards are not awarded automatically and you will be contacted by a member of the Homes Direct Team within 5 working days if we think you may be eligible for a Priority Card.

 

East Lindsey bands

Band Examples
Band  1+

Statutory homeless cases with additional priority.

Band 1

Statutory homeless cases. Threatened with homelessness. Lacking 2 or more bedrooms. High priority from medical assessor. Property subject to demolition. Proven harassment cases.

Band 2 Currently living in supported housing and ready for independent living. No fixed abode. Medium priority from the medical assessor. Lacking 1 bedroom. Lacking essential facilities in the property. Separated families.
Band 3

Intentionally homeless cases. Households without children and lodging. Low priority from the medical assessor. Insecure tenancies.

Band EX

Applicants that do not have a local connection to Lincolnshire are not eligible to participate in this scheme. Applicants with no housing need.

 

Newcastle-under-Lyme bands

Band Examples
Band 1 Applicants who have been assessed as being statutory homeless, Applicants who have been assessed as requiring alternative accommodation because of urgent racial harassment, harassment and domestic violence and where it has been ascertained by NHA following inquiries that the personal safety of applicants or a member of their household is seriously threatened. Applicants whose homes are in the Borough and are subject to a demolition order or a prohibition order/emergency prohibition order covering a main part of a building or are included within a clearance area. Applicants whose household is subject of Child Protection – where serious concerns have been raised by Children and Families Service relating to the suitability of the present accommodation.Applicants or a member of their household who are affected by an urgent and severe medical condition and remaining in their current accommodation would have a severely detrimental effect on their health or they cannot be discharged from hospital as their home is totally unsuitable.
Band 2

Applicants who are assessed by NHA as a Preference System Case. This will only be awarded in exceptional cases where an applicant needs to move urgently and is time limited to 1 month before being assessed again by NHA. Applicants whose household has been assessed as requiring a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) but moving would be a more efficient way to meet their needs.

Band 3 Applicants who are threatened with homelessness, who are working towards homeless prevention with NHA, and who NHA believe they would be likely to accept as statutory homeless when all investigations are completed. Applicants who are Aspire Housing tenants who are under-occupying their accommodation by 2 or more bedrooms or who have an adapted property that they no longer need. Applicants who are Aspire Housing tenants who have been assessed and notified of the
end of their fixed term tenancy due to inappropriate size of the accommodation.
Band 4

Applicants or a member of their household who are seriously affected by their health and/or mobility and where living in their current accommodation is having a serious adverse affect on the health of the person concerned. Applicants where move on accommodation is required from supported housing and this is backed by a clear plan from the support provider and there is an agreed protocol in place. Applicants who need 2 or more extra bedrooms and after an investigation by NHA it has been determined that they or the other occupiers in the household would not have been considered to be intentionally homeless from a previous address. Applicants who are Aspire Housing tenants who are under-occupying their accommodation by 1 bedroom.

Band 5

Applicants who have been assessed under the homelessness legislation as being homeless and not in priority need, or would be if NHA completed the assessment. Applicants who have been assessed under the homelessness legislation as being intentionally homeless, or would be if NHA completed the assessment. Applicants who have carer responsibilities and need to move closer to a friend or relative in poor health. Applicants or a member of their household whose current accommodation is having an adverse affect on the health or welfare of the person concerned and/or is causing serious hardship. Applicants who need 1 extra bedroom and after an investigation by NHA it has been determined that they or the other occupiers in the household would not have been considered to be intentionally homeless from a previous address. Applicants who are Aspire Housing tenants with children under 5 occupying a 2nd  floor (or above) flat.

Band 6

Applicants who have reasonable preference but have been assessed as a reduced priority under the Policy because of unacceptable behaviour. Applicants with the financial means to secure their own accommodation, either by outright purchase, shared ownership or rental within the private sector.

Band 7

Applicants with no housing need. Applicants aged over 55 years without a local connection to Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Band X

Applicants that do not have a local connection to Newcastle Under Lyme are not eligible to participate in this scheme