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East Surrey Subregional - Tandridge

Prioritising Applications

The Council uses a banding scheme to prioritise applications.

All housing and transfer applications received for rented accommodation will be assessed and placed in one of 5 bands, A to E. The table below sets out the banding scheme and gives examples of those applicants who would be eligible to be placed in each band.

 Band  Criteria  Examples
Band A

(Additional  Preference Category)
Emergency and high priority

 - an emergency, usually on health or welfare grounds; or
 - because the Council needs them to move urgently in order
   to create vacancies within the housing stock for other
   people in housing need (management moves)

 - tenants of the Council or RSL in the district* who:

  • are under-occupying family properties and are prepared to move to one bedroom properties.
  • are in supported housing that is needed by other applicants and who no longer require the support.
  • applicants who are key workers with at least 5 years service who are retiring or being made redundant
  • Other cases recognised as urgent management moves but not fitting into the above categories at the discretion of the Director of Community Services

*such tenants are only eligible to be included in this category where the Council would have a nomination right to the resultant vacancy, such that a further applicant can be assisted.

Band B

(High Preference Category)

Urgent need to move

  • households accepted as homeless or threatened with homelessness and who are in priority need within the meaning of the Housing Act 1996.
  • households whose accommodation lacks basic facilities (i.e. a kitchen, bathroom or toilet) and this cannot be provided by the owner at reasonable cost.
  • households whose accommodation is assessed as being in severe disrepair by an Environmental Health Officer and which cannot be repaired at reasonable cost.
  • households with dependant children where the facilities are shared with others who are not members of the applicant's household and the applicant has no rights to occupy the property or to apply for an occupation order to grant this.
  • households without enough bedrooms for their need.
  • households with an urgent need for alternative accommodation on medical or welfare grounds.
Band C

(Moderate Preference)

Identified housing need

  • households that are renting accommodation with limited security of tenure.
  • households accepted as homeless but who are not in priority need within the meaning of Part VII of the Housing Act 1996.
  • households with no fixed abode who have made a statutory declaration, witnessed by a solicitor, that they have no accommodation in which they can reside, even temporarily. 
  • households containing at least one child under 5 and/or a pregnant woman that are living in accommodation above the ground floor.
  • households sharing facilities with others who are not members of the applicant's household but where either:
    - the applicant has rights to occupy the property or to 
      apply for an occupation order to grant this, or
    - their household does not include any dependant children
  • households with no living room or those sharing a living room with another household.
  • households accepted as Tandridge key workers.
  • households with a need for alternative accommodation on medical or welfare grounds.
Band D

(Low Preference)

Low housing need

Applicants who have any of the housing needs detailed above in Bands A-C but who either:

  • have a high/moderate income, and/or
  • do not have a local connection with Tandridge

 

Band E

(No Preference)

All other applicants or no local connection

Applicants who do not have any of the housing needs detailed above in Bands A-C will be placed in Band E


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