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South Derbyshire Homefinder

Prioritising your application

We use a banding scheme to prioritise applications.

If you are applying for council and housing association rented accommodation your South Derbyshire Homefinder application will be placed in one of four bands, according to your level of housing need.

If you are applying for low cost home ownership properties your application will be placed in one of four bands.  In all cases you must be able to secure a mortgage or have other means of funding the purchase to be offered a property.

The bands are as follows:

Emergency Band - we propose to place you in this band if:

  • South Derbyshire District Council has accepted you are 'statutorily homeless'
  • A council officer has assessed your property and:
    • Found it to be 'statutorily overcrowded' and
    • You have not intestinally caused overcrowding, as defined in the Housing Act 1985.

Band A - we propose to place you, a joint applicant, any other member of your household or any number of people identified on your housing application in this band if:

  • South Derbyshire District Council has accepted you as 'non-statutorily homeless'
  • The council prohibits the use of the property you are living in under the terms of the Housing Act 2004 and considers that it is not reasonable for the property to be brought back into use.
  • The Council's medical advisor or an Occupational Therapist has assessed  you as having an essential need to move on medical or mobility grounds. This is because your current housing is having a serious detrimental impact on you or members of your household 's health or ability to live independently.
  • You have an urgent need to move on welfare grounds. This is defined as:
    • Your discharge from hospital is prevented by your housing situation.
    • There is a likelihood of admission to residential care or hospital if re-housing is not made.
    • There is a likelihood of a child being accommodated by the local authority if re-housing is not made.
  • You, or a member of your household, are at serious risk of harm in your present accommodation. This can include but is not limited to:
    • Victims of domestic violence
    • Serious racial harassment
    • Homophobic attacks
    • Witness of crime
    • Victims of crime
    • Serious anti social behaviour
  • You have an urgent need to move to a particular locality where failure to do so would cause hardship to you or other members of your household. This is defined as :
    • It is unreasonable for you to stay at you current accommodation due to exceptional financial hardship
    • You need to move to either give or receive essential care and support
    • You need to move to access specialised medical treatment
    • You need to move to take up particular employment or training opportunities
    • You are currently living in a hostel or supported housing and are ready for independent living
    • You are currently living a house owned by a South Derbyshire Homefinder Landlord that is too big for your needs, and you are willing to move to a smaller property
    • You are a tenant of a South Derbyshire Homefinder Landlord and no longer need the adaptations made to your property
  • In all circumstances - you cannot reasonably be expected to secure suitable accommodation for yourself

Band B - we propose to place you, a joint applicant, any other member of your household or any number of people identified on your housing application in this band if:

  • The Council's medical advisor or an Occupational Therapist has assessed you as having a need to move on medical or mobility grounds
  • You currently live in an upper floor flat and you have children under 12 years of age
  • You need more bed space
  • You are sharing facilities
  • You have had a relationship breakdown, and are living in the same property as your partner and a move would allow a partner and family to remain in the property
  • You are a tenant of a South Derbyshire Homefinder Landlord and have received a Compulsory Purchase Order or your property is due for demolition
  • You are suffering from anti-social behaviour or harassment  
  • You have non-urgent housing need to move. This can include but is not limited to a move nearer to:
    • A child's school
    • A place of worship
    • Family/Friends for non-essential support
    • Shops and local amenities
  • In all circumstances - you cannot reasonably be expected to secure suitable accommodation for yourself

Band C - we propose to place you in this band if:

  • You are already adequately housed
  • You can afford to get your own housing or improve your current accommodation to be more suitable to your needs



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