The local authority has an Allocations Policy to help households who are in the greatest housing need. If you are eligible you will be placed in one of the four priority bands. This applies to existing Council tenants requesting a transfer, and other households wanting Council accommodation. When your application has been processed, you will be entered on to the "Housing Register"
When a property becomes available, it will be advertised and applications invited to express interest in the vacancy. The application in the highest band who has been in that band the longest will be offered the opportunity to take up the tenancy.
What Type of Tenancy Will I Get?
If you are a new Council tenant, you will be given an "Introductory Tenancy". This lasts for one year. If there are no problems with the tenancy, e.g. the rent is paid and all other tenancy conditions are met, it will become a "secure" tenancy at the end of the 12 month period.
If you are an existing secure or assured tenant of any council or housing association, you will be given a secure tenancy.
Why Have Different Tenancies?
There are differences between an introductory and a secure tenancy. In general, a secure tenant has more rights within the property.
How is my Band Awarded
Priority bands are based on individual circumstances. This means that those households in the greatest housing need will be placed in the highest priority band.
In general, the following housing needs are recognised within the system.
- Shared accommodation/lodger
- Lack of facilities
- Overcrowding/Lack of bedrooms
- Under occupation
- Children in one bedroom flats aged 2+
- Medical Need
- Social Need
- Persons leaving the armed forces or those who have served in the last 5 years.
The Allocations Policy sets out the aims, objectives, priorities and processes to which Cannock Chase Council will work when allocating properties to applicants and transferring tenants.
For further information see below.
Last Updated: 31/08/2023