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Local Connection Evidence

All applicants to Island HomeFinder are required to evidence that they are a Qualifying Person to be eligible to join by showing that they have a local connection as defined by the Island HomeFinder Allocation Policy. The following list gives examples of evidence that could be provided. This list is not exhaustive and other forms of evidence could be provided if it clearly proves a connection.

Any documents that are provided to evidence a length of time must be clearly dated.  Only one form of evidence is required if it shows a continuous local connection of five years or more.  However, where this is not possible, several documents may be required to show a connection when combined to make up the five years of proof needed.

Qualifying person criteria

1. Applicant or joint applicant has lived on the island and has done so for a minimum of five years immediately prior to application (a break of one year will be allowed for returning residents with a minimum five years previous residency). Residency at university, service in the Armed Forces or other reasons for being temporarily away from the applicants principal home on the island who have an intention to return will not be counted as a break in residency)

Examples of evidence for applicant

  • Tenancy agreement(s)
  • Rent book(s)
  • Council tax records
  • Benefit agency letters
  • Official letters from housing benefit, social services, doctors, hospital, solicitors
  • Utility bills
  • Bank or credit card letters/statements
  • Medical cards
  • School records
  • Electoral registration

2. Applicant or joint applicant has close family who live on the Island and have done so for at least five years (close family being mother, father, siblings or adult children

Examples of evidence for family member

  • Tenancy agreement(s)
  • Rent book(s)
  • Council tax records
  • Benefit agency letters
  • Official letters from housing benefit, social services, doctors, hospital, solicitors
  • Utility bills
  • Bank or credit card letters/statements
  • Medical cards
  • Electoral registration

3. Applicant has a permanent job on the Island and has been in continuous employment for a minimum of two years

Examples of evidence of employment

  • Wage slips (if they include location of work) dating back at least two years
  • Official letter from employer

4. There are exceptional circumstances – such as those fleeing domestic violence, those wishing to move closer to relatives to give or receive support on severe medical or welfare grounds where there is no-one else who can give this support; those under the Witness Protection Scheme

Examples of evidence

  • Any documentation that supports individual circumstances, such as official letters from the Police, Women's Refuge, doctor or specialist etc

 

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