As a result of new changes to legislation and the introduction of the Housing Scotland Act 2014, Homes4D&G have made some changes to the way in which we allocate our properties. These changes came into effect on Wednesday 1st May 2019. The new legislation streamlined the existing categories given reasonable preference and reduced the number of categories to be given reasonable preference to 3. In addition the act now allows for landlords to choose whether they wish to take into consideration property ownership when assessing an application for housing.
Homes4D&G have chosen to take property ownership into consideration in certain circumstances. The criteria for this is set out within our allocations policy. In short, where an owner occupier or private tenant is under occupying their home, they will be awarded a lower level of points than a social housing tenant in the same situation. Property ownership will not be taken into account if continued occupation of the property could damage an applicants health and this cannot be avoided, where the property falls below the tolerable standard for habitation, or where continued occupation of the property would lead to abuse.
When you apply to Homes4D&G, we will register your application on the housing list according to the type and size of property that you require.
We will work out the number of bedrooms that you require using the following criteria, based on who will be living permanently with you in the household.
- No more than two people should have to share a bedroom;
- One bedroom for couples/partners;
- One bedroom for single adults/single parents;
- One bedroom for two children of different sex up to 8 years old;
- One bedroom for two children of the same sex up to 12 years old; and
- One bedroom for each child of 12 years or over
We will make common sense exceptions to these rules, depending on individual circumstances. For example: if you require an additional bedroom on medical grounds; if you provide foster care; if you have access to children who do not reside with you on a full time basis.
Please note – our size criteria for allocating homes is not based on the regulations set by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This means that you may not get housing benefit to cover any additional bedrooms you apply for.
If you are selected for a property, we will notify you if you will be under-occupying the property and therefore liable for the under-occupation charge. This will allow you to make an informed choice about whether you want to proceed with the tenancy.