The banding system
When you register with Nottingham HomeLink, we will place you into a 'band'. This will depend on your circumstances.
The banding system is how we give priority to people who need it - but also give everyone a fair chance of successfully bidding for a new home. Most people are placed in band four. It's important you understand how the bands work, and what this means for you.
How does the banding system work?
Band 1 - people who are termed by law as homeless people (PartVII Housing Act 1996)
To be declared legally homeless you need to be assessed by the Housing Aid Team from Nottingham City Council.
If you are accepted as 'statutorily' homeless, the council has a legal duty to re-house you.
This includes people who have:
- Experienced serious racial harassment and domestic violence
- Medical and disability grounds for rehousing
- Certain assessed disabilities and illnesses
- Been told they can't go back home after being discharged from hospital
- Experienced family breakdown
- Experieced severe overcrowding including families with more than one child living in one bedroom accommodation
- Properties which have been or will be demolished
- Been picked up by the 'Rough Sleepers' initiative
- Been assessed as vulnerable teenage parents
- Been assessed as giving up a high demand property such as having a house larger than their needs or giving up adapted properties
- Been given a management recommendation to move
This includes people who:
- Are intentionally homeless with priority need
- Need to move due to non-violent relationship breakdoen/neighbour disputes, former tenants who gave up a tenancy when they went to prison
- have physical/mental health issues
- Have a hostel support plan and need to move
- Have two children of each sex under 10 years old and sharing a bedroom
- Are tenants who have children and currently live in a flat/maisonette without a garden.
This includes people who are:
- Living in overcrowed homes not due to 'natural growth'
- Private tenants
- Single lodgers, or a couple without dependent children.
This incudes people who are:
- Aged under 18 years without exceptional circumstances
- Hostel residents without move-on support
- Serving in HM forces living in forces accomodation
- in prison
- in tied accommodation tied to their employment with a HomeLink partner
The above list gives some examples of who might fit into each band. For a full list amd more detailed explanations, please take a look at page 16 of the Housing Allocations Policy
If your circumstances change you may move from one band to another.
- If you move down a band, you will keep your waiting time from the date you applied to be on the register
- If you move up a band (so have a higher priority), your waiting time will start from when you moved to the new band. This is to make sure each person with the same need is considered in turn from the date the higher need was identified
- When you first move to a hostel we will put you in band 5. When you have developed some independent living skills and a support plan has been organised for you, you will be put in band 3. You will be able to take the waiting time you have built up with you
- If you are under 18 years old you can apply for housing and will be put in band 6. When you are 18, your circumstances will be reassessed. You will then be put into the band that best suits your circumstances. You will keep your waiting time. You will be able to take the waiting time you have built up with you.