Under the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) and Localism Act (2011) local authorities must give reasonable preference when allocating housing,to the following groups:
- people who are homeless
- people occupying unsanitary or overcrowded housing or else living in unsatisfactory housing conditions
- people who need to move on medical or welfare grounds (including grounds relating to a disability)
- people who need to move to a particular locality in the district of the housing authority, where failure to meet that need would cause hardship (to themselves or to others)
North Yorkshire Home Choice will also give additional preference to Armed Forces who have urgent housing needs and approved foster carers who need a larger home to accommodate a child. For full details and the criteria to qualify please refer to the allocations policy document
How will we prioritise applications?
Applicants are placed in one of 4 bands according to their circumstances. These are:
This band is intended to meet the needs of applicants in extreme circumstances only. It will only contain a small number of applicants at any one time and is subject to a time limit.
- unable to return to their home from hospital because their current home is permanently unsuitable
- unable to access key facilities in their home without major adaptation works
- Only applicants with a local connection to the partnership area will be considered for the emergency band.
- care leavers, with an agreed support package
- applicants who need to move on from an approved accommodation based supported housing scheme
- under-occupiers of a local authority or housing association property in the partnership area who want to move to a property with at least two fewer bedrooms
- applicants who are statutory homeless or at risk of homelessness and in priority need
- applicants who are overcrowded and require 2 or more bedrooms
- applicants with a serious and enduring illness whose health and/or well-being is significantly compromised by their home or environment
- applicants who need to move to relieve a proven hardship
- applicants who have a health or well-being issue, which will be removed or improved by moving
- applicants who are statutory homeless or at risk of homelessness but with no priority need or are intentionally homeless
- applicants who are overcrowded and require 1 more bedroom
- applicants whose home lacks basic amenities or have to share facilities with other households
- under-occupiers of a local authority or housing association property in the partnership area who want to move to property with one less bedroom
- applicants from foster carers, those approved to adopt, or those persons being assessed for approval to foster or adopt, who need a larger home in order to accomodate a looked after child or a child previously looked after by a local authority.