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Prioritising applications

The Council uses a banding scheme to prioritise applications.

All housing and transfer applications received for rented accommodation will be assessed and placed in one of the bands.

Band A

To be in Band A, at least one of these must apply:

  • At least one person in the household has high priority medical, mental health, learning disability or wellbeing needs

  • You are a Ceredigion Social Housing tenant who:

    • lives in an adapted property but does not need an adapted property.

    • has two (or more) bedrooms more than they need

  • You live and works fulltime in Ceredigion. They must have lived and worked in Ceredigion for at least the last 5 years

  • You have 2 or more of the reasons for being in Band B

Band B

To be in Band B, at least one of these must apply:

  • At least one person in the household has medium priority medical, mental health, learning disability or wellbeing needs

  • You are homeless and the law says we must help you

  • You need to move on from hospital, a care home, supported housing or being in care.

  • You are a Ceredigion Social Housing tenant who has 1 bedroom too many

  • Your housing has been assessed as very unsafe, and the landlord has not put it right. ‘Very unsafe’ means a Category 1 hazard or many Category 2 hazards. This is explained in our information about Disrepair

  • You already rent a home in Ceredigion and you need at least 2 more bedrooms. How we decide this is explained in our information about Overcrowding

  • You have two or more of the reasons for being in Band C

Band C

To be in Band C, at least one of these must apply:

  • At least one person in the household has low priority medical, mental health, learning disability or wellbeing needs

  • You are homeless or threatened with homelessness and the law says we must help you.

  • Your housing has been assessed as not very safe, and the landlord has not put it right. ‘Not very safe’ means some Category 2 hazards that need the landlord to sort out. This is explained in our information about Disrepair

  • You already rent a home in Ceredigion and you need 1 more bedrooms. How we decide this is explained in our information about Overcrowding

  • Someone who needs to move to Ceredigion:

  • to get the support they need or

  • to support a person already living in Ceredigion

  • Someone who needs to move to Ceredigion for work as a ‘Key Worker’ This is explained in our information about Key Workers

Band D

To be in Band D, at least one of these must apply:

  • You have children aged under 8 and you do not have a garden

  • Your housing has been assessed as not very safe, and you can do things yourself to make it safer.‘Not very safe’ means some Category 2 hazards. This is explained in our information about Disrepair

Band E

To be in Band E, at least one of these must apply:

  • No-one in the household has any medical, mental health, learning disability or wellbeing needs

  • Your housing is safe and reasonable quality

  • You have the right number of bedrooms

Band F

We will put you in Band F if any of these applies:

  • You often owe rent

  • You have been or could be evicted because of bad behaviour

  • You have made your housing worse to try to get social housing

  • You turned down a reasonable offer of housing from us

  • You do not have a local connection (this rule does not apply if we have a legal duty to help because you are homeless)

  • Your household earns more than £25,000 a year, or has more than £75,000 of savings (this rule does not apply if you want Designated Older Person’s Housing)

When a property is available, it will be allocated it to a band. 

  • We want 40% of social housing to go to people in Band A.
  • We want 30% of social housing to go to people in Band B.
  • We want 30% of social housing to go to people in Band C.

We will then look at people on the Common Housing Register who are in that band and we will offer the property to the person who has been waiting longest.

If housing is in a hard-to-let area, it may be offered to people in Band D or Band E.