How does the Council select who is offered a property?

Hertsmere Homes aims to house those in greatest housing need. We use a banding system to give applicants different levels of priority. Everybody on the housing register has their housing circumstances assessed and is placed in one of five bands depending on their circumstances.

Once bidding has closed, applicants are prioritised for a property by band order and the length of time they have been in that band. Preference will be given to applicants that have been registered longest within the highest band.

Occasionally a property will be substantially adapted to make it suitable for applicants with a disability. In these cases priority will be given to bidders with an identified need for this type of property providing they are within Bands A-C.

Some properties are reserved for existing Housing Association tenants only and some properties are reserved for those in Bands C and D only. Other properties may have a Local Lettings Plan which gives priority to certain types of applicants such as those in employment.

All information regarding the type of property and any restrictions on who can bid be clearly explained in the property advert.

It is important you read the advert carefully before placing a bid.

Full details of the Council banding scheme are contained in the Housing Allocation Policy.