We place applicants into bands based on their personal and housing circumstances. There are five bands in total and we will decide which band to place you in. Please refer to the HomeChoice Allocations Policy (2018) document for a full explanation of how the banding system works.
If you are an existing council or housing association tenant in Warwick district and do not meet the criteria for bands 1 to 3, we will include you in the transfer band. This makes it easier for existing tenants to move home while still resulting in an empty property for people in the other bands. Half of all properties will be advertised with a preference for the transfer band.
The transfer band is split into the following categories in order of priority
- Tenants who are under occupying their home. In other words, you have more bedrooms than you need.
- Where two tenants of social landlords (us and housing associations) want to move in together, freeing up two empty properties in return for one property.
- Tenants in an adapted property who no longer need the adaptations or where an adapted property is available and a tenant needing the adaptations does not have priority under the banding system.
- People with children in flats or maisonettes above the first floor.
- People who need to move for good housing management reasons.
- Other tenants who don't come in any of the above categories.
We will consider applications that fall into the following categories for band 1 priority for 12 weeks. Half of the properties that are not advertised with a preference for the transfer band will have a preference for band one.
- Homeless applicants where we have accepted a full duty under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 as amended.
- People with medical priority in exceptional circumstances.
- Special-agency referral from organisations such as Warwickshire County Council Adult Health and Community Services; Children, Young People and Families Services; and Probation.
- Extraordinary cases where there is an urgent and unusual need for housing that is not covered by the HomeChoice policy.
- Armed-forces cases promoted from band two, due to urgent housing needs.
- People suffering serious violence or harassment.
- Council tenants whose homes are due for demolition.
- People whose homes are statutorily overcrowded.
We will advertise 30% of properties that do not have a preference for the transfer band to applicants in band two. The categories for band two are as follows.
- People with a medical or welfare priority.
- Households who we have agreed that we owe a "homeless prevention" duty to under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
- Non-priority, unintentionally homeless applicants assessed as such under homelessness law.
- Households who are overcrowded when assessed against the bedroom standard.
- Households under a demolition order or closing order.
- Armed-forces applicants with three years' or more service who have lived in the district for two years before joining the register and are within 12 weeks of their discharge date.
- Armed-forces applicants promoted from band three due to urgent housing need.
- People moving on from supported housing projects under agreed referral arrangements with the housing provider.
- Households who we have agreed that we owe a "homeless relief" duty to under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
- Applicants with two or more band two needs.
Applicants in category ten with multiple needs will have priority over others in band two.
We will advertise 20% of properties that do not have a preference for the transfer band to applicants in band three. The categories for band three are as follows.
- Households in priority need who have been classed as 'homeless intentionally' in line with homelessness law.
- People who are neither an owner nor a tenant.
- Families with one or more children younger than 16 living above the first floor.
- Applicants lacking more than one facility, for example a bath, toilet or kitchen, or sharing a facility with another household.
- Non-priority intentional homeless cases.
- Armed-forces applicants promoted from band four due to urgent housing need.
- People who have made a homeless application but no "prevention or relief" duty has been accepted under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
- People with two or more band three needs
Applicants in category seven with multiple needs will have priority over others in band three.
Properties are not advertised with a preference for band four applicants. The categories for band four are as follows.
- All applicants without a housing need, with a local connection
- Applicants with sufficient financial resources to address their housing needs.
- Applicants without a local connection (and not exempt from the local-connection criteria as set out in the booklet) but who are in a reasonable preference category.
What can affect your banding
If we think that you have acted unreasonably to make your housing circumstances deliberately worse without good reason or with the aim of qualifying for a higher banding, we will not give you any extra priority. You will stay in the banding you were in and have the priority you held before making your circumstances worse.
If you owe money to any local authority or housing association, you can apply to go on HomeChoice but we or other housing providers may not offer you a property.