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
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.