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Prioritising Applications



How are bids prioritised?

Harborough Homesearch uses a banding scheme to prioritise applications in accordance with housing need.

All housing applications received for rented accommodation will be assessed and placed in one of 4 bands. The table below sets out the banding scheme and gives examples of those applicants who would be eligible to be placed in each band.

PRIORITY HOUSING NEED – Time in band 8 weeks

Homeless – and the council has a statutory duty to offer secure accommodation

Emergency medical need

Emergency welfare need

Complex housing needs

Housing management priority

Displaced agricultural workers

HIGH HOUSING NEED – Time in band 16 weeks

Has 2 or more qualifying Medium Housing Need categories

Home seekers where there is overcrowding by two or more bedrooms

In supported accommodation and approved for move-on or independent living

Under-occupying social housing which is in high demand

MEDIUM HOUSING NEED – Normally not time limited

Other homeless households

Poor housing conditions

Medical need affected by housing

Welfare need affected by housing

Insecure accommodation

LOW HOUSING NEED – Normally not time limited

Those who are adequately housed with no medical/welfare or exceptional need to move will be assessed in low housing need

Owes a housing related debts in excess of £300 and there is a payment plan in place which has been kept to for at least 12 weeks

Only interested in HomeBuy/Shared Ownership

Deliberate worsening of housing circumstances to get higher priority

The applicant has been guilty of behaviour within the last twelve months which affects their suitability to be a tenant but does not warrant exclusion from the housing register

 Refer to the Home Search Allocations Policy for further details 

All households that apply for, and meet the criteria of a property, will be matched according to their local connection to the district and housing need.  Homeseekers living in the Leicestershire sub-region will be placed in order of their housing need band. 

There are four bands of housing need and 'Priority' is the highest band of housing need, then High, Medium and Low housing need.

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