Housing Allocations Policy changes are being implemented from 3 January 2017.
All social and affordable rented homes in the borough are let via a system called Choice Based Lettings (CBL).
This is where registered applicants can bid for vacant properties advertised on the Council's website www.westcheshirehomes.co.uk (WCH) and the properties are then let to the most suitable applicant with the highest level of housing need.
In order to determine who has the greatest need, the Council has a Common Housing Allocations Policy, which operates in conjunction with the main local housing associations.
Changes to the Allocations Policy that will be implemented are:
(1) households under the age of 55 years with no defined housing need will be allowed to register for social housing, thus establishing a new priority Band E category
(2) priority Band B to be given to families in upper floor flats and maisonettes with children under the age of 10 years, to enable them to move to a house or ground floor accommodation provided they have completed a minimum two year tenancy
(3) up to two offers of accommodation be given to homeless households which the Council has a legal duty to accommodate
(4) the existing local connection criteria be retained and only allow those households with a connection to the borough to register
Customers will be targeted using a range of communication methods including emails to previous customers applying to West Cheshire Homes, information on the Council's and partners' websites and a press release.
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