We operate a Group Plus Points System as a way of prioritising applicants. Applicants will be assessed and included in one of eight groups depending on their housing needs. These groups are:
Overcrowded (or larger families)
Groups 3 and 5 have sub-groups to allow distribution between internal and external applicants.
Housing application forms are available at the Association's office and can also be requested in writing, by e-mail or telephone and also be downloaded above.
Advantages of a group plus points system
The key advantages are it:
- Addresses housing needs specified in law (the reasonable preference groups), as well as other housing needs
- Facilitates monitoring of allocation practice, in particular how effectively we are meeting our legal responsibilities
- Ensures accurate identification of housing needs and allows us to respond quickly to changing patterns of need
- Provides for a wide range of housing needs to be tackled thereby promoting our objective of creating sustainable communities.
What happens when we receive your application?
When we receive your housing application form, we will assess your housing circumstances in accordance with our allocations policy and place you within a group.
We will write to you within 21 days of receiving the information relevant to your application telling you of your point’s award and which group you have been placed in.
Applications are assessed in accordance with the Association’s Allocations Policy (which adheres to the principals of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 to ensure reasonable preference for housing is given to persons who:
• Are living in sub standard accommodation; or
• Are occupying overcrowded houses; or
• Are living under unsatisfactory housing conditions; or
• Are homeless or threatened with homelessness
Applications are assessed within 21 working days of being submitted and after this time applicants are notified in writing of their priority for rehousing, together with a breakdown of how points have been assessed. Applicants will not be considered for an allocation until the assessment process is completed and they are eligible to be housed. Any applicants being considered for an offer of housing will be visited to establish that all details recorded in the application form are correct. Tenancy checks will also be carried out with current/previous landlords where appropriate.
AVAILABILITY OF HOUSING
Demand for housing greatly exceeds the supply of housing which becomes available for let. Applicants should therefore be aware that we are unable to meet the needs, demands and aspirations of all applicants on our housing list and that tenants could remain on the waiting list for some time before being made an offer. Applicants should also be aware that their position on the list can change on a regular basis as new applicants are admitted to the list HOUSING OPTIONS
A number of local authorities in Scotland have developed Housing Options Guides which give detailed local information on housing options in the private and public sectors within their authority. This information includes provision for special needs groups. www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/Residents/YourHome/HousingOptions/