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Herts Choice Homes aims to house those in greatest housing need. We use a banding system to give applicants different levels of priority. Everybody on the Housing Register has their housing circumstances assessed and is placed in one of five bands. Band A is for applicants in the greatest housing need. Band E is for those assessed as needing the least help with housing. Applications are then prioritised in date order so, within each band, preference will be given to applicants that have been registered longest within that band.

Occasionally a property will be substantially adapted to make it suitable for applicants with a disability. In these cases priority will be given to bidders with an identified need for this type of property providing they are within Bands A-C.

Only applicants with a valid local connection will be able to enter Bands A, B or C. However, having a valid local connection does not necessarily mean your application will be placed in bands A, B or C.

Each of the five local authority partners has different rules for deciding whether an applicant has a valid local connection. Details are available in the Housing Allocation Policy of each authority.

The majority of the banding scheme is the same for each Local Authority partner, however there are a few differences. For the full banding scheme please check the details in the Local Authority’s Allocations Policy.

Band A – Urgent Housing Need
This band is for applicants with a local connection and an urgent need to move. Examples include applicants in imminent danger and people who need to move urgently for medical reasons.

Band B- Very High Housing Need
This is for applicants with a local connection and very high need to move. One example is homeless applicants to whom the council has accepted a main duty under homeless legislation. Band B also includes applicant's with composite housing need. That is a term given to applicants with a range of circumstances which, combined, increase their need to move more quickly.

Band C – High Housing Need
Applicants with a local connection and a high need to move will be placed in Band C. Examples include applicants with a high level of medical priority and families sharing facilities or lacking two bed spaces or more.

Band D – Recognised Housing Need
This includes applicants both with a local connection and without one. Applicants without a local connection but who have a reasonable preference identified, as defined in Bands A to C, will be placed in Band D. Also placed in this Band will be applicants with recognised medical priority and homeless applicants who do not qualify for Band B – regardless of whether a local connection exists or not.

Band E – Other Housing Circumstances
This is for applicants with no identified housing need, regardless of whether they have a local connection or not. Also most current and former home owners and applicants who we consider to have enough financial resource to secure their own accommodation will be placed in Band E.