Assessing your housing need
Kent Homechoice’s aim is to try and house those in the greatest housing need. Each local authority has its own housing lettings policy, which will cover lettings in their area. See below for links to partner allocations policies.
All of the councils in the scheme have a way of prioritising those in the greatest housing need. Some councils use a bands system and some award points. See below for details of how to obtain a full summary of the lettings policy covering your area.
The general principles of each type of system are summarised below:
Every application is placed into a band including all homeseekers, and transfers which helps to identify who most needs housing. The band that you will be placed in will be decided by a number of factors listed in each local authority lettings policy.
Applicants with the highest housing need will be placed into the highest band. Applicants with a lower housing need will be placed in the lower bands.
Within each band the length of time you have waited will be taken into account. You can only improve your position with time and people who are assessed after you will not be placed above you within a band.
Every application including homeseekers and transfers will be awarded points which helps to identify who most needs housing.
The amount of points that you are given will be decided by a number of factors listed in each council lettings policy. Applicants with the greatest housing need will be given the highest number of points.
All partners within the scheme have a limited amount of social housing compared to the demand for housing in the area. In view of this only those with the highest levels of housing need are likely to be successful via the Kent
Homechoice system. For further information go to Your housing options.
Links to Housing Policies
Ashford Borough Council Policy
Canterbury City Council Policy
Dartford Borough Council Policy
Dover District Council Policy
Gravesham Borough Council Policy
Maidstone Borough Council Policy
Medway Council Policy
Sevenoaks District Council Policy
Shepway District Council website
Swale Borough Council Policy
Thanet District Council Policy
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council website
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website