All applications are awarded a priority banding based on their housing need.

Please note:

The term 'household' means everyone who will live within the accommodation being applied for. Therefore, single people are defined as 'household'.

 


 

Band A: Applicants with an urgent need to move

  • Have been assessed as having Urgent Medical Priority or as having exceptional social circumstances that are seriously affected by current housing and would be helped with a change of housing. This includes applicants in immediate danger.
  • A council tenant who needs to move because his/her home is about to be demolished or redeveloped (subject to time limit).
  • A council or Registered Provider tenant of a Welwyn Hatfield property with three or more bedrooms who is under occupying the property and will be giving up two or more bedrooms by moving.
  • A successor to a council tenancy who is required to move (subject to time limit). Because the property is not suitable.
  • Succession. This applies in situations where we require successors to a council tenancy to move, and it is subject to a time limit. It also applies in situations where there has been a previous succession but the Senior Officer Panel has agreed to make an offer of accommodation.
  • Occupying a property subject to a compulsory purchase order and/or council has a statutory duty to move them.
  • Be statutorily overcrowded.

 


 

Band B: Very high need to move

  • A homeless household towards whom the council has accepted a main duty, and who are either in temporary accommodation or have been registered as "homeless at home".
  • A household that the council has assessed as meeting the requirements of the main housing duty (to include separated families).
  • A household who has been deemed to have very high social circumstances that are seriously affected by current housing and would be helped with a change of housing.
  • A person or household that has a need to move from care or supported housing, and/or re-housing has been agreed by the council under a special quota scheme (subject to a time limit)
  • A tied tenant whom the council has a contractual obligation to re-house when their employment ends.
  • A tenant of the council or a local Registered Provider (that council nominates to) with a dependent child or children, occupying a flat above third floor or a bedsit.
  • A tenant of the council or a local Registered Provider (that council nominates to), occupying a property where three or more children have to share a bedroom.
  • A tenant of the council or a local Registered Provider (that council nominates to) where 2 persons of opposite sex both have to share a bedroom, where at least one is over 10 years old .
  • An ex-council tenant whom the council, at the time the tenancy ended, agreed to re-house at a future date.
  • Applicants who, by joining together to form a single household, will give vacant possession of two properties and/or a local Registered Provider property (that council nominates to).
  • A tenant of the council or a local Registered Provider (that council nominates to) who is under occupying the property and will be giving up one bedroom
  • A tenant of the council or a local Registered Provider (that council nominates to) who wishes to move from General Needs accommodation to Supported Housing for people over 60 and/or with support needs.

Please note:

This band also recognises applicants with Composite Housing Need. This is a term given to applicants who have been assessed as having either High Medical Priority or lacking two bedrooms (or more) plus at least one other factor from the list under Band 'C'.

 


 

Band C: High need to move

  • Have been assessed as High Medical Priority. The applicant's current accommodation will be deemed as not appropriate for their medical needs.
  • A household that lacks two bedrooms or more.
  • A household who has been deemed to have high social circumstances that are affected by current housing and would be helped with a change of housing.
  • A household with no security of tenure with a dependent child (or children), which need to share facilities within their accommodation.
  • A household that has received a valid Notice to Quit from their current landlord to whom council would owe a main duty when homeless.
  • A council tenant living in an adapted property where those adaptations are no longer required but could be used by another resident with such a need.
  • A tenant of the council or a local Registered Provider (that council nominates to) who has held a tenancy in bedsit accommodation for at least one year and is seeking a one bedroom flat.
  • A tenant of the council or a local Registered Provider (that council nominates to) where a parent has to share a bedroom with a child.

 

Band D: Identified housing need

  • A member of the household has been assessed as having a Recognised Medical Priority or unsatisfactory housing conditions, such as overcrowding by lacking one bedroom or lacking amenities unless the council has assessed you have sufficient financial resources to resolve your own housing need.
  • A homeless person or household that does not qualify for Band B. That is, a household towards whom council does not have a statutory housing duty under homelessness legislation.
  • A household with no security of tenure without a dependent child (or children), which needs to share facilities within their accommodation.

 


 

Band E: Other housing requirements

  • No Local Connection to the Borough exists and/or the applicant has no identified housing need (as defined in Bands A to D) but who are over the age of 60 and applying for sheltered accommodation.

Please note that home owners over 60 are not able to join the housing needs register.