Shortlists are based on a customer’s priority band, the number of housing needs that place them into that Band and then waiting time. So if a property was advertised open to all with no local preference applied to the advert applications in the Emergency band would be at the top of the shortlist. If there are two applicants in the Emergency band that place a bid for a home we then look at the number of Emergency housing needs each customer has. If there are any applicants with two or more Emergency housing needs they will be placed above applicants with one Emergency need. If two or more Emergency Band applicants have the same number of housing needs their shortlist position is then decided by the length of time they have had that level of housing need, with the customer who has the longest period with that level of priority being placed first
Housing needs that place an applicant into a lower priority band are not considered. Only housing needs that place the customer into their highest priority band are considered in terms of shortlist positions for example a customer that has an Emergency Priority need and a Band 3 housing for different reasons - the band 3 housing need would not affect their shortlist position as it was not a second emergency housing need.
This is mirrored through the remained of the shortlist so applicants in Band 1 would be below applicants in the Emergency and the first band 1 case on the shortlist would be the applicant with the highest number of Band 1 housing needs who had had a band one housing need longer than any other applicant in Band 1 with the same number of housing needs.
Each recognized housing need is detailed in the City Council’s Housing Allocations Policy available here. Also present in the Allocations Policy and local lettings plan appendices are the lettings variations. This include:
From September 2021 the following changes will take place
Local connection will no longer be applied to properties that are relet. The only homes advertised to applicants will be a local connection will be a set percentage of homes on new build housing schemes
5% of adverts will be advertised to applicants in Band 1
5% of advert will be advertised to applicants in Band 2/3
If you are offered a property, you'll be able to have a look round at a viewing before you make your mind up.