When you register for housing, the Council or Housing Association that you apply to will assess your application. You will be placed in one of the four housing needs bands described below.
If you disagree with the band you have been placed in, you can ask the Council or Housing Association, which holds your registration details to review the decision.
When bids are considered for advertised properties, the successful bidder will usually be the person who has been in the highest band for the longest period of time.
If your housing needs band changes due to a change in your circumstances, your priority date will be the date you go into a higher band. If you move to a lower band, your priority date will revert to the date that applied when you were previously in the lower band. Where an applicant moves down into a band they have not previously been in, their priority date will be their initial registration date.
Below is a summary of the banding system. For more information, see a copy of your local Council or Housing Association’s lettings policy.
BAND A - (Urgent Need)
• You are a Council or Housing Association tenant who needs to move urgently, for example because your property is about to be demolished or redeveloped.
• You are occupying a property where the Council has a Statutory Duty to move you due to overcrowding.
• You are occupying a property which has been assessed as posing an urgent health and safety risk to you and your family.
• You have an urgent medical condition, and your current housing is having a major adverse effect on the medical condition.
• You are a current resident of supported housing and you have been assessed as being ready to move into independent accommodation.
• You are homeless and one of the Partner Councils owes you a main homelessness duty.
• You have two or more needs from Band B.
BAND B - (High Need)
• You are occupying a property which has been assessed as posing a high health and safety risk to you and your family.
• You have a high need to move because of a medical condition, and your current housing is having a significant adverse effect on the medical condition.
• You have a high need to move because of harassment or threat of violence or abuse.
• You have been assessed as needing two more bedrooms than you currently have.
• You are a Council or Housing Association tenant within the Cambridge sub-region with two or more bedrooms than you need and are willing to move to a smaller property.
• You are threatened with homelessness and are working with the homelessness prevention service to try and prevent your homelessness.
• You have three or more needs from Band C.
BAND C - (Medium Need)
• You have a medium need to move because of a medical condition, and your current housing is having a minimal effect on the medical condition.
• You are a Council or Housing Association tenant in the sub-region and are living in a property with one bedroom more than you require and you are willing to move to a smaller property.
• You have a need to move for social reasons, for example to give or receive support to a family member, or for employment reasons or you have a child under 10 years and live above the ground floor.
• You are sharing facilities within your home with people who are not family members.
• You have been assessed as needing one more bedroom than you currently have.
• You are homeless or threatened with homelessness and are either intentionally homeless, not in priority need or are owed a main homeless duty by a local authority that are not a partner organisation in the sub-region.
• All applicants assessed as being adequately housed will be placed in Band D.