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East Surrey Subregional - Reigate & Banstead

Prioritising Applications

The Council uses a banding scheme to prioritise applications.

All Waiting List and Transfer applications received for rented accommodation will be assessed and placed in one of 5 bands, A to D and band H. The table below sets out a summary of the banding scheme and gives examples of those applicants who would be eligible to be placed in each band. For a full description please refer to the Housing Register and Allocations Policy


 Band  Criteria  Examples
Band A Urgent Priority
  • Urgent medical and/or welfare grounds.
  • Serving of former members of the regular Armed Forces of serving or former members of the Reserve Forces who need to move urgently due to serious injury/medical condition/disability sustained in service
  • Transfer tenants who have notified their home is to be demolished or redeveloped.
Band B High Priority
  • Households with high welfare or medical need directly linked to their houisng.
  • Household occupying a proeprtyy with an assessed Category 1 Hazard
  • Tenants of Registered Social Landlords in the Borough willing to move to a property with fewer bedrooms
  • Tentnas of Registered Providers in the Borough moving from general needs housing to sheltered housing
  • Tenants of Registered Social Landlords in the Borough moving from an adapted proeprty that is no longer required
  • Applicants lacking two or more rooms
Band C Medium Priority and Community Contribution Qualification
  • Applicantrs who are serving of former members (left within last 5 years) who have a housing need
  • Applicants lacking 1 room
  • Transfer tenant living in a flat without a garden and the youngest child is 12 years or under
  • Homeseeker currently living in private rented accommodation and the tenancy has been held for less than 4 years
Band D Low Priority without Community Contribution/Others
  • Households with a houisng need as assessed in band C but do not fulfil at least one community contribution category
  • Transfer applicants from outside of the Borough who need to move to take up permanent employment in the borough or move closer to work
  • Transfer tenants with a good tenancy record but have no housing need as defined in Band A-C
 Band H High Priority homeless households to whom the Council has accepted a duty to accommodate
  • High priority homeless households for whom the Council has accepted a duty to provide housing under Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996


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