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How Applications are Prioritised

HomefinderRCT uses a banding scheme to prioritise applications.

All housing and transfer applications received for accommodation will be assessed and placed into one of 4 bands, A to D.

The table below briefly sets out the banding scheme and gives examples of those applicants who would be eligible to be placed in each band. Further details of the banding scheme and application process can be found within the Rhondda Cynon Taf Housing Allocation Scheme

Band A

Urgent Housing Need

These are time limited cases to be reviewed every 3 months

Local connection criteria will apply except for MAPPA and Homelessness Cases

Reasonable Preference Categories s167(2)(a), (b), (c), and (d)

  • The applicant has suddenly lost their existing home as a result of disaster and requires accommodation in a short period of time
  • Applicants who have served in the regular or reserve Armed Forces of the Crown who have been made homeless since leaving the armed forces
  • Bereaved spouses or civil partners of those serving in the regular or reserve forces where (i) the bereaved spouse or civil partner has recently ceased, or will cease to be entitled, to reside in Ministry of Defence accommodation following the death of their service spouse or civil partner, and (ii) the death was wholly or partly attributable to their service
  • The applicant currently occupies a property where there is a statutory requirement due to prohibition order / demolition order / compulsory purchase
  • The applicant’s health condition is terminal and re-housing is required to provide a basis for the provision of suitable care
  • The applicant’s health condition is so severely affected by the accommodation that it is likely to become life threatening
  • Where overcrowding in the property leaves the applicant at risk of infection, for example, where an applicant is suffering from late-stage or advanced HIV infection
  • Disabled people whose current accommodation completely restricts them from carrying out day-to-day activities both internally and outside the home and they require urgent re-housing into a property that is suitable to their needs which has significant permanent adaptations; or a fully adapted property
  • Applicants who have nowhere to live when they are discharged from hospital or a designated care setting where their current property is no longer suitable for their needs and cannot be made suitable and all other housing options have been explored
  • The applicant is a care leaver, vulnerable and has a high housing need that is best met by the provision of long term settled housing and the applicant has been assessed and approved by the Move On Panel as ready for re-housing.  Applicants must be a former ‘Relevant Child’ as defined by the Children Leaving Care Act 2000.
  • The applicant is a currently under occupying social housing by two or more bedrooms and needs to transfer to a smaller property due to the current property being unaffordable

Local Priorities

  • The applicant is a Housing Association tenant and is a high risk management transfer, who is receiving support from a professional agency or who is subject to a MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) that is making a recommendation of housing need. The transfer will enable the applicant’s existing property to become available for an allocation to another applicant on the waiting list.
  • The occupant of the property no longer requires the adaptations and will therefore be releasing a significantly adapted property by moving and there is a suitable applicant on the waiting list for the adapted property which will be released through the move. The property being released must have extensive adaptations.
  • There is a likelihood of a child being accommodated by the local authority if re-housing is not made
  • The applicant’s circumstances are not dealt with under any of the other circumstances in Band A, however their housing need has been assessed by the Eligibility Panel as urgent and they require immediate re-housing

Band B

High Housing Need

Applicants awarded Band A but with no local connection

All Homeless Priority Need Regardless of Local Connection

Reasonable Preference Categories s167(2) (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e)

  • The applicant is homeless under Section 75 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. These are households who are homeless, eligible and in priority need.
  • The applicant is threatened with homelessness, and eligible under Section 66 and is likely to be in priority need if owed a duty under Section 75.
  • The applicant is homeless, and eligible under Section 73 and is likely to be in priority need if owed a duty under Section 75.
  • The applicant is occupying accommodation which is short by 2 or more bedrooms suitable to their needs
  • The applicant has an urgent need to move on welfare grounds and a referral to the Common Housing Register has been made because they are at risk of being admitted to residential care or hospital if re-housing is not made
  • The applicant needs to move due to relationship breakdown and there is a need identified to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child
  • The applicant is giving or receiving essential support, which can only be delivered if they live in a specific locality within the area
  • The applicant has permanent employment which cannot continue unless they live in a specific locality within the area and are otherwise adequately housed

Local Priorities

  • The applicant has been recommended by the Director of Community and Children’s Services to foster or adopt children and whose current accommodation is not large enough
  • The applicant, their partner or children are forced to live apart because their current accommodation is unsuitable

* This does not apply to those who are legally separated or are living apart due to relationship breakdown or family dispute

Band C

Low Housing Need

Applicants awarded Band B but with no local connection

Reasonable Preference Categories s167 (2) (a), (b), (c) and (d)

  • The applicant is homeless and eligible under Section 73 of the Housing (Wales) act 2014 and is not likely to be in priority need
  • The applicant is threatened with homelessness and eligible under Section 66 of the Housing (Wales) act 2014 and is not likely to be in priority need
  • The applicant is homeless and eligible under Section 75 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 and is determined to be intentionally homeless
  • The applicant has to share facilities with other households and they do not have a tenancy agreement
  • The applicant’s current accommodation is unsuitable and is having a detrimental impact on their own/household member’s existing health condition and the ability to live independently, which will deteriorate in the long term if more suitable accommodation is not offered
  • The applicant is living in accommodation which is not suitable to their needs because it is short by one bedroom which is suitable to their needs
  • The applicant is a currently under occupying social housing by one bedroom and needs to transfer to a smaller property due to the current property being unaffordable
  • The applicant needs to move to be nearer to:
    • A child’s school where the child’s need to move to a school has been recommended by the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning
    • A place of worship as there is no suitable place of worship where the applicant currently resides

Band D

No Housing Need

Applicants awarded Band C but with no local connection

(except Homelessness)

Reasonable Preference Category s167 (2) (e)

  • The applicant has no housing needs
  • The applicant is a current tenant wishing to transfer, has been a tenant with their current Landlord for 12 months or more and has no housing needs