We can only provide housing for people who are eligible and qualify. Most people who live in the UK permanently are eligible, but there are some exceptions. View the following documents to see the full allocation scheme and also a useful summary of the scheme.
More information about how the housing allocation scheme has changed can be found in the Guide to the Allocations Scheme
. The recent amendments to the allocation scheme are scheduled for implementation between 1 January 2015 and 31 May 2015, and further information about how the amendments may impact applicants can be found on this timetable for introducing the amendments
.Unacceptable behaviour or actions Applicants will not qualify for housing if they are involved in serious anti-social behaviour, this includes:
Length of residency in the borough
- serious anti-social behaviour, nuisance or annoyance to neighbours
- breach of tenancy agreement including illegal or immoral use of the property
- serious deterioration in the condition of the property resulting from the applicant or a member of their current or prospective household
- the applicant or a member of your household having obtained a tenancy fraudulently.
All applicants must currently be a resident in the borough and have continuously lived in the borough for five years or more to qualify.
Exceptions to this include:
- those who are homeless within the meaning of Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 and the council has accepted a full housing duty to them
- existing secure or fixed term tenants of the council or Brent Housing Partnership
- young people leaving care and referred to Children's Services and assessed by the Pathways panel (whether or not they currently live in Brent)
- serving and former members or widows of members of the armed forces and reserved forces whether or not they currently live in the borough (excluding those that have been dishonourably discharged)
- those residing in supported housing schemes commissioned by the council
- people in prison whose last settled address was in the borough
- tenants of the council or Brent Housing Partnership
Financial capital and other assets
Applicants who have a gross household income of more than:
- £35,000 per year and need one bedroom accommodation
- £45,000 per year and need two bedrooms
- £55,000 per year and need three bedrooms
- £70,000 per year and need four or more bedrooms
or have savings of more than £50,000 will not qualify for housing as they will be deemed to have sufficient financial resources to buy a home or pay market rent.
Also applicants who own their own homes in this country or abroad are unlikely to qualify for housing unless there is an extenuating need.
Reasonable preference categories or the council's local priorities
If an applicant or a member of their household does not meet the criteria for being in housing need and subsequently are not placed into a band, then they will not qualify for housing.
To join Locata, our housing options website, you must complete our online application form
When you have completed the online application, it will be assessed by a rehousing officer. You will be emailed regarding the outcome of your application and provided with LOC number, which you can use access the targeted housing options website for information regarding housing options.
We operate a three band system (A to C). People in band A will be those with the highest urgent housing need and those in band C the lowest level of need. Your priority for housing within your band will depend on the date you joined that priority band.
If you move address you will need to complete an online change of circumstance form to reflect the changes in your personal circumstances.