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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


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)


 Applicants who have suddenly lost their existing home as a result of disaster and require  accommodation in a short period of time.

 Applicants who are homeless under Section 75 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. These are applicants who are homeless, eligible and in priority need.

 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.

 Applicants who currently occupy a property where a prohibition order,  demolition order or compulsory purchase order has been served.

 Applicants who have a health condition that is terminal and their current home is a barrier to receiving urgent medical care.

 Applicants who have a health condition that is life threatening and their existing accommodation is a significant contributory factor.

 Applicants who are disabled and their current accommodation cannot be adapted and which completely restricts them from carrying out day to day activities both internally and outside the home and they require a fully adapted property.

 Applicants who are in hospital and a planned discharge is imminent but there is no accommodation available for them to reasonably occupy.

 Applicants (including those leaving Care) that are leaving supported housing and have been assessed and approved by the Move On Panel as ready for re-housing.

 Applicants who are currently under occupying social housing by one or more bedrooms and need to transfer to a smaller property due to the current property being unaffordable.

Local Priorities

 Applicants who currently occupy a Level 1 adapted property that they no longer require and there is a suitable applicant on the waiting list for the property.

 There is a likelihood of a child being accommodated by the local authority if re-housing is not made.

 Applicants whose 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.


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)

 Applicants who are homeless within the meaning of Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 or Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014

 Applicants who are owed a duty under sections 66 or 73 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014

 People who are owed a duty by a local authority under Section 190(2), 193 (2) or 195 (2) of Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 or who are occupying accommodation secured by any local authority under Section 192(3)

 Applicants who live in an overcrowded property which leaves them at risk of infection, for example, where an applicant is suffering from advanced HIV infection

 Applicants who are currently occupying accommodation which has two bedrooms less than required based on the needs of the household.

 Applicants who have an urgent need to move on welfare grounds and an application has been made because they are at risk of being admitted to residential care or hospital if they are not re-housed.

 Applicants who need to move due to relationship breakdown and there is a need identified to safeguard and promote the welfare of a child.

 Applicants who are giving or receiving essential support, which can only be delivered if they live in a specific locality within the area.

 Applicants who have permanent employment which cannot continue unless they live in a specific locality within the area and are otherwise adequately housed.

Local Priorities

 Applicants who have been recommended by the Director of Community and Children’s Services to foster or adopt children and whose current accommodation is not large enough.

 Applicants who are forced to live apart from their partner or children 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


Low Housing Need

Applicants awarded Band B but with no local connection

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

 Applicants who have a health condition which is being adversely affected by an aspect of their current home which can only be resolved by moving house.

 Applicants who are currently occupying accommodation which has one bedroom less than required based on the needs of the household.

 Applicants who need to move to be nearer to:

 a. A child’s school (where the  need to move to a school has been recommended by the Director of Education).

 b. A place of worship as there is no suitable place of worship where the applicant currently resides   



No Housing Need

Applicants awarded Band C but with no local connection

(except Homelessness)

Reasonable Preference Category s167 (2) (e)

 Applicants who are assessed as having no housing needs.

 Applicants who are current tenants of a Housing Association who wish to transfer and have no housing needs *

*Applicants must have been a tenant with their current landlord for 12 months or more