Skip to content | Tuesday, 19-Feb-2019 | Normal View | Site Map | Text size: Normal Large Extra Large

Cherwell Housing Register

Click here to download the browsealoud software (this link will open in a new window)

Prioritising Applications

We use three sets of criteria to prioritise applications. These are:

  • your band
  • your local connection
  • your registration date (effective date if in Bands 1 or 2).  Your effective date is the date on which your application is assessed for Band 1 or 2.  This will be the same as your registration date if your application goes straight into Bands 1 or 2.

Your band

All application forms received are assessed for housing need and applicants placed in one of three bands. These bands are in order of priority:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3.

Return to top

Types of applicant

We also categorise all applicants as follows:

  • general register - an applicant who lives in the private sector or with family/friends
  • transfer - an applicant who is a council or Registered Provider (housing association) tenant
  • homeless - an applicant who has been accepted as statutorily homeless.

We may sometimes give preference to transfer or homeless applicants to meet annual lettings targets.

Return to top

What factors do you take into account for banding?

We take into account such matters as:

  • harassment
  • health
  • disability
  • domestic abuse
  • tied accommodation
  • lack of facilities
  • overcrowding
  • homelessness
  • no fixed abode
  • under occupation

The full banding list can be found in our Allocation Scheme.


 Return to top

What is a local connection?

You must have a valid local connection with Cherwell in order to be accepted onto our Housing Register. You have a local connection if you have:

  • lived in the district for a period of at least 6 out of the last 12 months continuously prior to acceptance onto the Housing Register or
  • previously lived in the district for 3 out of the past 5 years or
  • permanent employment within the district or
  • immediate family members, who have lived in the district for at least 5 years, where there has been frequent contact, commitment and dependency immediately prior to the date of application or
  • a special reason for needing to live in the area.

NB. Close relatives are defined as parents, children, siblings, grandparents or grandchildren, including step relatives.

Return to top

Your registration date

Your registration date is the date your application form was received by us. Each form received is date stamped.

Return to top


Site powered by Abritas  |  Cookie policy