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Prioritising Applications

Applications to Island HomeFinder will be assessed and placed in one of five bands according to their housing needs.  Within each band applications will be placed in priority date order, with the application with the oldest date having the highest priority.  The date that is normally used is the date your housing need is assessed.  If you would like more information on any of the above, please click here for a copy of the Island HomeFinder allocation policy. 

If your circumstances change and you move bands, your priority date will be changed to the date your housing need was re-assessed. 

     Band      Criteria
Band 1
  • Urgent medical/welfare issues
  • Multiples of Band 2
Band 2
  • Severe over crowding (at least 2 bedrooms)
  • Severe under occupation (social housing tenants resident on the island)
  • Severe medical/welfare issues
  • Applicants identified as being ready for 'move-on' accommodation
  • Social housing tenants on the island vacating disable adapted accommodation
Band 3
  • Multiples of Band 4
Band 4
  • Homeless applicants
  • Significant medical/welfare issues
  • Hazardous property condition as defined by the Housing Renewal team
  • Lacking or sharing amenities
  • Households within insecure accommodation
  • Minor overcrowding (1 bedroom)
  • Minor under occupation (private tenants or owner occupiers resident on the island)
Band 5
  • Households with secure accommodation and no other housing need

Medical and Welfare needs

If you have a medical or welfare need which is being adversely affected by your current housing, then you may be placed into a higher band.  However, some medical and welfare needs will  remain whether you are moved to an alternative home or not. In these instances, your medical or welfare need may not be taken into consideration. 

How will this be assessed? 

Any information you have supplied on your application form will be considered against the agreed banding as shown above.  You may be asked to supply additional information and if your need relates to a medical condition we may, if further information is required and with your permission, contact your GP or other healthcare provider for more information.

Once this information has been provided to us, we will assess your need against the allocations policy and determine what level of need you have.

What are the levels of need?

If you have a medical or welfare condition which could have life-threatening consequences and where your current housing conditions are a major contributory factor, you may be placed into the urgent band.

If you have a medical or welfare condition which will result in severe or chronic impairment if you were to remain in your current home, then you may be placed into Band 2.

If you have a medical or welfare condition which is stable and/or persistent but could be more effectively managed in more appropriate accommodation then you may be placed into Band 4 (or band 3 if you already have other band 4 factors being considered).

Hazardous properties

If you have concerns over the condition of your current home and believe you are living in hazardous conditions, please ensure you provide full details to the housing options team. If the condition is considered a hazard as identified through the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, then this may be taken into account.  However any concerns over the condition of your home should be directed to your landlord (if applicable) in the first instance. Housing Services gives further advice on how to deal with problems within your home on the Council's web pages here.

How will this be assessed?

Serious hazards are those which place the residents at risk of death or serious danger. These most serious property conditions may result in your Island HomeFinder application being re-assessed, however, this may only be a temporary measure until such time as the hazard has been removed or the risk reduced.

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information on the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, please refer to the Communities and Local Government website or contact housing services. (

If you disagree with how your application has been assessed, you can request a review of your application by writing to us clearly stating your reasons.

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