The Council uses a banding scheme to prioritise applications.
All Homeseekers' Register applications received that meet eligibility and qualification criteria will be assessed and placed in one of four bands A-D. The table below sets out the banding scheme and gives examples of those applicants who would be eligible to be placed in each band.
(Time Limit of 4 Weeks)
|Where you have a local connection, you do not have the means to resolve your housing need and you meet at least one of the following criteria:
-You lack three or more bedrooms in your current home and your overcrowding is not deliberate
-You have exclusive use of one room but you share kitchen or bathroom facilities with non-family members and lack two or more bedrooms (this does not include temporary accommodation)
-You have been assessed as statutorily overcrowded
-You are a social tenant and have one or more bedrooms than you require or you live in an adapted property that you no longer require
-We have assessed you as suffering from continuing serious harassment, violence or abuse and a move will improve your circumstances
-We have awarded you a Urgent Medical need because your current housing conditions have been assessed as having an extremely significant impact on a proven medical condition or disability and this will only be improved by a move to alternative accommodation
-We have awarded you Urgent Disrepair status
-You currently live in supported Move-On accommodation or are a Southend Borough Council Care Leaver and we have assessed you as ready to move into independent accommodation
-We have assessed you as having a combined High Medical and High Disrepair status from Band B
-We have assessed you as having other multiple needs within Band B that warrant a Band A priority
Where you have a local connection, you do not have the means to resolve your housing need and you meet at least one of the following criteria
-We have awarded you a High Medical need because you have been assessed as able to use your current home fully with some effort but a move to different accommodation would be likely to substantially improve your quality of life
-We have awarded you High Disrepair status
-You lack two bedrooms in your current home and your overcrowding is not deliberate
-We, at our discretion, accept that you have a need to move:*Nearer local facilities or relatives, in order to give or receive support or care where this is not available in your current area*
-We have assessed you as having other multiple needs within Band C that warrant a Band B priority
-You have been assessed as threatened with homelessness and would be likely to have a priority need if homeless, and you are working with the Council to try to prevent your homelessness
Where you have a local connection, you do not have the means to resolve your housing need and you meet at least one of the following criteria:
-We have accepted a duty to re-house you because you are homeless or threatened with homelessness and have a priority need (Time Limit 4 weeks)
-We have awarded you a Medium Medical need because your current home has been assessed as having a minimal effect on your medical condition or disability and a move to different accommodation is unlikely to substantially improve your quality of life
|Band D||-You have a Housing Need but No local connection with Southend On Sea Council area (Applicants who have an assessed housing need (Bands A-C) but no local connection with Southend Council area
-You have a Non-housing need - special circumstances.
-You are in short-term Supported housing project, or a care leaver where duty to rehouse has been accepted, but you are not assessed as being ready for "move-on" into independant accommodation.
-You or a household member is guilty of unacceptable behaviour but have not been excluded, and will remain in low priority until considered suitable to be a tenant.
-You have rent arrears or housing related charges, not sufficiently high to class as not qualifying
-You have a history of anti-social behaviour, not sufficiently severe to class as not qualifying
-You have successfully bid, but refused 2 reasonable offers of accommodation within 12 months of the date of the first offer, and the applicant had the opportunity to view the properties.
(2 week time limit)
|We will only issue an Exceptional/Emergency status when you are assessed as requiring an urgent move to ensure your immediate safety and welfare for whatever reason and/or when remaining in your current home is likely to cause risk of death or serious mental or physical injury.|