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Choice Based Lettings - How applications are assessed

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What is a Choice Based Lettings Scheme?

A Choice Based Lettings Scheme gives people more personal choice about where they want to live. Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council operate Choice Based Lettings to advertise and let properties that are available to rent from Adur Council or from Housing Associations (for example Worthing Homes in Worthing).

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Qualification to join the Housing Register

To join either the Adur District Council or Worthing Borough Council Housing Register you will need to meet one of the following criteria for the Council being applied to:

  • At least two years proven current continuous residency within Adur District Council or Worthing Borough Council
  • For people who do not live in either Adur or Worthing, two years proven current continuous regular, paid employment within Adur District Council or Worthing Borough Council for a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Serving members of the British Armed Forces (or those who have served in the previous 5 years and bereaved spouses or civil partners of those serving in the Armed Forces, who are residing in Military of Defence accommodation and serving or former members of British Armed Forces who have a serious injury, illness, or disability as a result of their service)
  • People who do not live in either Adur or Worthing but live in accommodation that is not suitable for their housing needs and have a local connection to the respective authority as defined in Section 22 of the Register of Housing Need and Choice Based Lettings Policy and have an overriding proven need to move to the relevant borough.
  • Current tenants of either Adur District Council or Worthing Borough Council or current tenants of Registered Providers in these boroughs who have an identified housing need
  • People who are temporarily living outside of either the Adur District Council or Worthing Borough Council who had previously lived in those boroughs and have a local connection or are living in accommodation provided by or arranged by those boroughs

The following people do not qualify to join the Housing Register:

  • Anyone that does not meet the above criteria
  • Anyone owed a statutory housing duty by another local authority including people living in accommodation in Adur District Council or Worthing Borough Council provided or arranged by another local authority
  • Anyone who owns or has an interest in a property either in the UK or abroad and that property reasonably meets their housing needs or there is sufficient equity to be able to sell the property and purchase or rent suitable alternative accommodation
  • Anyone who has a combined income of £50,000 (gross per annum) or more
  • People who have a significant amount of savings or capital that would enable them to secure suitable accommodation to meet their housing needs

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How do I apply for Choice Based Lettings?

You need to complete a Housing Application Form and provide supporting documents.

To be able to successfully register you must provide:

  • a contact name, and
  • a contact address so we can write to you

See also: Housing Register - Applying for housing.

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How will my application be assessed?

All applications are place into one of four bands. These bands indicate the priority you have for housing. Each band has a number of different band reasons and your application is assessed to see which band reasons match your circumstances.

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What are the bands?

  • Band A indicates an urgent need to move into Council or Housing Association accommodation
  • Band B is for people who have a high priority to move into Council or housing Association accommodation
  • Band C is for people who have an identified need for housing
  • Band D is those people who have registered an interest in alternative housing but are assessed as having no housing need or their priority for housing has been reduced

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What band will I be in?

Your application will be assessed in accordance with the Councils' policies and based on the information you provide. The band you are placed in will reflect your current circumstances.

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What can I do if I think I am in the wrong band?

You can contact us to make sure we have the correct information and appeal in writing if you think your circumstances match the Band reasons in a higher Band.

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What is a priority date?

A priority date is the either the date of your application or the date your application moved up into a higher band. Priority dates are used to rank applications in the same band into a priority order.

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What if my circumstances change?

Your application will be reassessed to decide whether your change of circumstances affects your band or priority date.

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What have I not been given priority on medical grounds?

Medical Priority is generally given only in cases where medical professionals have confirmed there is a specific housing need as a direct result of health problems. Unfortunately many people suffer from different health problems, which are not made better or worse by where they live.

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What are the mobility levels?

Mobility levels are used to identify properties that are suitable for people with mobility problems. Applicants who have a mobility level awarded to their application are given priority for properties that match that mobility level.

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How is local connection assessed?

Local connection is used to prioritise applications so that those people who are currently living in the area they are applying to, or already have a connection to that area, are given priority.

Local connection is defined in the Register of Housing Need and Choice Based Lettings Policies for Adur and Worthing. Generally it refers to people who are currently living in Adur or Worthing and have done so for at least six months. However, there are some exclusions to this which can be found in the policies.

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What happens if I am homeless?

If you have an active application and can provide a contact address you can register for housing and bid for properties.

See also: Housing advice.

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