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Eligibility for Housing register

How old do I have to be to register?

What is local connection and what is Dacorum Borough Councils criteria?

Is there a financial criteria to join the register?

Can I move with rent arrears?

I am pregnant can I register to bid on a 2 bed?

My children are over 18 can they still live with me?

I only have my child at the weekends, am I eligible to register for a 2 bed?

My adult child has just moved in with me, are we eligible to move to a bigger property?

I have just moved to the area am I eligible?

I have just come out of prison am I eligible?

I have just come from the armed forces am I eligible?

I work full time can I register?

I am unemployed can I register?

I am a care leaver, can I register to bid?
I have now turned 60 can I bid on supported housing?

Can I apply for flexi care for a relative?

 

How old do I have to be to register?

 

You have to be 18 years old to register

 

What is local connection and what is Dacorum Borough Councils criteria?

 

A local connection is where you or your immediate relatives have lived in an area for a defined period of time, connecting you to that area, or are in permanent employment for a period of time in that area.  Each Council have a different criteria which is laid out in their Allocation Policy.  Dacorum Boroughs Council criteria is:

 

  • A 10 year residency within the borough at some point in their lifetime;

  • Family connection where an immediate family member (parents, children, siblings) has continuously been a resident within the borough for 10 years immediately preceding the date of application;

  • Currently in permanent employment within the borough boundary, consisting of 16 hours a week or more, and which has been continuous for the last 24 months.

     

How much can I have in savings?

 

  • To be eligibile to apply you must have £16,000 or less in savings which includes all types of accounts , bank accounts , building society accounts, savings accounts, ISAs etc. etc.

  • Supported Housing applicants 60 and over will be exempt from these criteria if it is evident that their financial means is £250,000 or less.

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Is there a financial criteria to join the register?

 

  • You will not qualify if you have the financial means to meet your own housing need. We define this as you and/or your partner having in excess of £60,000 gross income.

 

Can I move with rent arrears?

 

  • You will not qualify to move unless six months of regular repayments have been made to ant property related arrear, including Council Tax.

     

I am pregnant can I register to bid on a 2 bed?

 

  • A baby will not be considered part of the household until they are born, however with some housing associations you can apply for a 2 bed with evidence of a Matb1 form.

 

My children are over 18 can they still live with me?

 

  • Yes if they are household members they can continue to live with you.

     

I only have my child at the weekends, am I eligible to register for a 2 bed?

 

  • No.A child is not part of the household if:

     

  • The applicant has staying contact with the child for less than 50% of the time

    In the case of equal contact time, the property would need to be  considered the child’s main or principal home.

     

You may be able to move to a property with an extra bedroom by mutual exchange.  In order to register for a mutual exchange please visit www.houseexchange.org.uk

 

My adult child has just moved in with me, are we eligible to move to a bigger property?

 

  • If you hold responsibility for residency of a child through a court decision, the child is immediately considered part of the household.

     

  • Residency arrangements agreed by parents require the applicant to provide supporting evidence of the arrangement, including evidence that the child has been living as part of their household for a minimum of 6 months and any documents required by Housing Benefit to support this claim.

     

I have just moved to the area am I eligible?

 

  • If you meet our local connection criteria below you are eligible to apply.

     

  • A 10 year residency within the borough at some point in their lifetime;

  • Family connection where an immediate family member (parents, children, siblings) has continuously been a resident within the borough for 10 years immediately preceding the date of application;

  • Currently in permanent employment within the borough boundary, consisting of 16 hours a week or more, and which has been continuous for the last 24 months.

 

I have just come out of prison am I eligible?

 

Yes - If you meet our local connection criteria

  • A 10 year residency within the borough at some point in their lifetime;

  • Family connection where an immediate family member (parents, children, siblings) has continuously been a resident within the borough for 10 years immediately preceding the date of application;

  • Currently in permanent employment within the borough boundary, consisting of 16 hours a week or more, and which has been continuous for the last 24 months.

     

     

 

I have just come from the armed forces am I eligible?

 

  • Yes. Local connection is not required for members of the armed forces where the application is made within 5 years of discharge (includes bereaved spouses and civil partners leaving service family accommodation following the death of their partner.

     

    Members of the armed forces who qualify to our housing register will receive additional points if:

     

  • You are serving in the regular forces and are suffering from a serious injury, illness or disability which is attributable to their service;

  • You formally served in the regular forces;

  • You have recently ceased, or will cease to be entitled to reside in the accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence following the death of your spouse or civil partner who served in the regular forces and whose death was attributable to that service; or

  • You are serving or have served in the reserve forces and are suffering from a serious injury, illness or disability which is attributable to their service.

     

I work full time can I register?

 

Yes providing your gross household income does not exceed £60,000 or have £16,000 in savings

 

I am unemployed can I register?

 

Yes

 

I am a care leaver, can I register to bid?

 

Yes.  However it is often the case that your leaving care support will already be in contact with the Council as prior to an allocation of accommodation, evidence will be provded to demonstrate that you are ready to live independently and that support will be in place for you if required.

 

I have now turned 60 can I bid on supported housing?

 

Yes, once you turn 60 , supported housing properties will be available to you.  

 

Can I apply for supported housing if I am only 59?

 

Supported housing is normally advertised for 60+.  On some occasions, the age requirement is lowered to 55 and if so you will be able to bid on these properties.

 

Can I apply for flexi care for a relative?

 

You will need to apply via Herts County Council or through your social worker.