How homes are allocated

75% of property types will be advertised on a Priority need basis

15% of property types (except sheltered and adapted) will be advertised as Date of Registration with a Local Connection to the relevant ward area

5% of property types (except sheltered and adapted) will be advertised to give preference to current Leeds City Council tenants with a good tenancy history

5% of property types (except sheltered and adapted) will be advertised to give preference to current Leeds City Council tenants who have a good tenancy history and a local connection to the relevant ward area

Local connection and time on the waiting list

Date of Registration Quota System (DORQ) means that 15% of all council homes will be let to the person who has been waiting the longest (the earliest registration date) with a local connection to the Middleton Park Ward area, which includes Belle Isle.

Local Connection is defined as follows:

  • Residence – lived in the area for 3 out of the last 5 years or 6 out of the last 12 months. (Prison and Hospital are not included) Proof accepted would be Tenancy Agreements, household bills, Electoral Register, Council Tax Records, letter from NASS/Asylum Support Team.
  • Employment – current employment or letter confirming offer of employment. (Casual work not included) Proof accepted would be letter from employer, Contract of Employment, wage slips and proof of self-employment.
  • Family associations – close family (parents, brother, sisters or children not friends or cousins) that have been living in the area for 12 months. Proofs accepted would be proof of relationship (such as birth certificate), proof of residence (as above) AND a letter from the relative supporting your housing application.

The quota will apply across all areas and property types, with the exception of adapted homes and sheltered accommodation.  This exception is to ensure disabled people in housing need are prioritised for offers of adapted properties ahead of other customers.

Housing Need

Housing Need is assessed by Leeds Housing Options, not by BITMO.

Band A + customers who have two Band A housing needs where the council has a legal duty to consider them for accommodation.

Band A – customers requiring urgent re-housing where the council has a legal duty to consider them for accommodation.

Band B – customers in non-urgent need whom the council has a legal duty to consider for re-housing.

Band C – customers who have no assessed housing need and have a local connection to Leeds.

Band D – customers who have no assessed housing need and cannot demonstrate a connection to Leeds, customers who are ineligible for council accommodation or home owners.

With the exception of under -occupancy or overcrowding all assessments are now carried out by Leeds Housing Options.

This means that if you have any medical needs, are experiencing ASB or need to move on any other welfare grounds you will need to contact Leeds Housing Options, Merrion House, Woodhouse Lane, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8BB – 0113 222 4412.

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