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Prioritising Applications

The three authorities that use Homesearch now each have slightly different allocations policies (see Forms and Information), and this page is only a summary. This means that applications are prioritised slightly differently depending on where the property is. However, the same principles apply in all areas. At the end of each cycle, the bids for each property are ordered by:

  1. Local connection
  2. Priority band
  3. Date you were placed in that band ("effective date")
  4. Date of your application ("registration date")

If your circumstances change (for example, someone moves in with you, or someone moves out) your band may change, so please ensure you tell us as soon as possible. You can log in and update your application online. If you have moved home, please contact us so that we can update your details.

1. Local connection

Applicants who have a local connection to the borough the property is in will be placed above applicants who do not have one. In general, a local connection means:

  • Living in the borough
  • Working in the borough
  • Having close family in the borough you need to care for, or who need to care for you

Note that although Gedling and Rushcliffe allow alternatives to local connection for the purposes of qualifying for the register (see Who Can Use the Service?), only the factors listed above are treated as local connection for the purposes of prioritising applications.

2. Priority band

This is a general summary of factors that may lead to an applicant being placed in a particular band. You should refer to the full allocations policy for the council you wish to apply to.

Band 1 - Urgent Need

Urgent medical priority - i.e. cannot live in the home at all owing to medical condition, or cannot be discharge from hospital

Urgent property factors - e. g. have to leave because home is to be demolished, damaged by severe fire or flood, or assessed as having a Category 1 hazard that cannot be rectified

Social tenant who has two spare bedrooms and is willing to downsize.

Applicants assessed as "statutory overcrowded" by an Environmental Health Officer. 

Urgent management cases when recommended by a senior housing officer (Gedling & Rushcliffe only)

Applicants where a main homelessness duty has been accepted, six weeks after acceptance (Gedling & Rushcliffe only).


Band 2 - High Need

Applicants whom the Council has accepted a main homelessness duty to rehouse.

Applicants threatened with homelessness within the next 8 weeks whom the council is likely to have a duty to rehouse.

Applicants at risk of serious violence or harassment, including domestic violence.

Young people in the care of a children services authority who are approaching their 18th birthday.

Applicants who are ready to move on from supported accommodation to independent living.

Applicants who are overcrowded and short by two bedrooms.

Social housing tenants who have one spare bedroom and is willing to downsize.

Applicants who have succeeded to the tenancy of a social housing property which is not suitable for you.

High medical need - a serious medical condition which is made worse by the current home, meaning the applicant cannot live there in the long term.

Approved foster carers who need to move to a bigger property to foster children (Gedling & Rushcliffe only).

Social tenants living in an adapted property who do not need those adaptations (Broxtowe & Gedling only).


Band 3 – Moderate Need

People with children under 16 who have to share facilities with a separate household, friends, or an ex-partner (but not if you they are tenants, joint tenants or owners of the property they occupy). 

Medical need - an illness or disability is made worse by the present home, but a move is not essential.

Social or financial hardship caused by living in the current home.

Applicants assessed as homeless but not in priority need.

Applicants assessed as intentionally homeless.

Homeless applicants who refused an offer of suitable accommodation, by which the council have discharged their duty.

Applicants who are overcrowded and one bedroom short.

Applicants who are 50 or over, with no children, who want to move into sheltered accommodation (Gedling & Rushcliffe only).

Applicants who are disabled, with no children, who want to move into sheltered accommodation (Gedling & Rushcliffe only).


Band 4 - Low Need

Lodgers with no dependent children (Broxtowe only).

Social tenants with a desire to move (Broxtowe only).

Private tenants with a desire to move (Broxtowe only).

All other applicants who do not mee the band 1 - 3 criteria (Broxtowe only).

Contrary to media speculation, we do not give priority to people just because:

  • They are a single parent
  • They are a drug or alcohol addict
  • They are from abroad
  • They are an asylum seeker (asylum seekers cannot apply for social housing)

3. Date placed in band ("effective date")

If two applicants both have local connection and are in the same band, the person who has been in that band longer will be placed first. The councils have decided to give extra priority to some people by giving them the benefit of additional waiting time, i.e. treating them as though they applied sooner than they actually did. These include people with an record of service in the Armed Forces and their families (all three councils) and people in paid employment (Rushcliffe only). See the individual allocations policies for details.

4. Date of application ("registration date")

Finally, if two applicants have the same local connection andpriority band, and were placed in that band on the same day, the applicant who applied to the scheme first will be placed higher.

This is only a summary of how applications are prioritised. For full details, please refer to your council's allocations policy.

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