How we allocate our homes
We provide homes for people who need housing and can’t afford to buy or rent a home on the open market. During the application process we use the relevant local authority rules on income and savings to check whether you can afford a shared ownership home, or to rent privately.
We usually allocate our homes to those bidding through Kent Homechoice and we will normally offer it to you if you have the highest priority of all bidders for the home and it is the right size and type for you - as specified in the advert.
Sometimes we offer homes to someone who needs emergency housing, or is very vulnerable, without advertising it on Kent Homechoice.
We may let homes to 16 to 18 year olds who the local authority have accepted for housing, as long as they can show they can pay the rent and look after the home. A responsible adult will have to share the responsibilities of the tenancy and sign the agreement.
All prospective tenants must bring at least one week’s full rent to the viewing, or the property will go to the next bidder. This includes anyone receiving full housing benefit.
We make the final decision on whether to offer a home based on the criteria set out in our Move or Stay Policy and in consultation with the local authority. An applicant’s previous or current behaviour sometimes means we won’t offer them a home.
We might refuse to offer you housing if:
- You own your home or have enough capital to be able to buy a home. Unless we agree with your local authority that you need to move for medical reasons and can’t buy somewhere suitable. However, if you own your own home and are over 55, you can apply for one of our Emerald homes. We expect you to sell your home and you must be able to afford our rent. We may assess your care and support needs to make sure the home you choose is suitable.
- We find out during the assessment process that you don’t meet our agreement with the local authority; such as arrears, anti-social behaviour or posing a risk to our tenants or staff.
- The home is not suitable for you due to concerns about the safety of yourself or the neighbours. We call this ‘sensitive letting’.
- Our affordability check indicates you can’t afford the rent. If you fail an affordability check we’ll offer advice on how you can increase your income through work, training or benefits.
- Some other reason. Also called ‘exclusion.’
Our housing policies are on our leaflet rack, some of the key policies are below: