North West Leicestershire’s Choice Based Lettings scheme takes into consideration the housing needs of each household to allow those in greatest need to be given greatest preference.
In order to do this each household is allocated one of five housing need bands. The five bands are as follows.
- Potential Housing Need
- Low Housing Need
- Medium Housing Need
- High Housing Need
- Priority Housing Need
The assessment of housing need takes into consideration a range of factors, for example: the medical needs of the household members, the security and condition of existing accomodation, the need to move to provide or receive care or access specialist services, the need to move for work and external factors which make a move necessary such as harrassment or domestic abuse or financial hardship.
In some cases a home seeker may have more than one type of housing need and this may move them from the medium band up to the high band.
Households in higher bands are given priority over households in lower bands when bidding on the same property. A household's registration date is then used to prioritise bids from within the same band.
If your circumstances change then your banding is also changed to reflect this.
If your priority changes and you are put into a higher Band your date will change to the date you were given the higher band (the date you re-registered).
If you are moved back down to a Band you were in before, then you will be given back the date you had when you were last in that Band. If you are put into a lower band then you will keep your original registration date.
A full description of the criteria for each banding can be found in the Allocation Policy 2018.
If you have physical disabilities that mean you have problems getting around we will aim to proritise you for properties which are suitable for you. Look out for mobility information on the property adverts which will guide you on what properties to bid for.