When you bid on a property we look at your application and the priority that is assigned to your circumstances.
There are 4 bands of priority with Band 1 being the highest priority and Band 4 being the lowest priority.
Certain groups of people are given preference by law, for example people who:
- Are homeless
- Are unintentionally homeless (or those threatened with homelessness)
- Are living in unsanitary or overcrowded housing
- Need to move due to medical or welfare grounds
- Need to move in to a particular area to avoid hardship
- Are leaving the Armed Forces and need housing
In addition to the above, a number of different factors impact on what banding you are, such as:
- If you are disabled or have medical needs
- If you are a carer, adopter or foster carer
- If you have sheltered housing needs
- If you have existing housing related debt
- If you have previously benefited from a Right to Buy application
- If your current property has benefited from a Disabled Facilities/Renovation grant or adaptation
- If you have a “local connection”
- If you have children that stay with you at least three nights a week
This list is not exhaustive and you should check our Allocations Policy for a full explanation of how we allocate housing.