Restrictions on council lettings

Some council and housing association properties have restrictions on who can apply for them, and people on the housing register will be graded into bands depending on their needs. There are also rules regarding the number of bedrooms allocated to people with children.

Download the housing allocation scheme for full details

Housing bands

Some adverts will show restrictions about who can apply for that property. If there are no restrictions, then anybody can apply.

When you are put on the housing waiting list, you will be put into one of four bands.

Band A

Band A includes:

  • people living in unsatisfactory housing, from which they have to move because the property is to be demolished or refurbished
  • tenants who are under-occupying family homes, or living in properties with adaptations they do not need.

Applicants are housed in date order from when they were given Band A priority.

Bands B1 and B2

Bands B1 and B2 are for people who have an urgent need to move. This includes people who:

  • have serious medical problems affected by their housing
  • are homeless and in 'priority need'
  • are living in a severely overcrowded home
  • are at risk of domestic violence, hate crime or other abuse
  • need housing to move out of hospital, local authority care, supported housing, or other particular types of accommodation
  • are key workers or others with a particular need to live in the borough.

Applicants are housed in date order from when they were given Band B1 or B2 priority.

Band C

Band C is for all applicants on the housing register. Applicants in Band C do not have any priority and are housed in date order from the date their applications were registered.

All applicants will be placed in Band C on registration. They may also be placed within one of the other bands depending on the outcome of any assessment.

No band restriction

If the advert says there are no band restrictions, it means people in any band can apply.

Other restrictions

There are also other restrictions, such as the following.

  • Age - Some properties are for those aged over 50 or over 60 only.
  • Existing tenants - Some properties are advertised for existing Royal Borough of Greenwich council tenants only.
  • Number of people - Some adverts state the minimum or maximum number of people allowed in the property.
  • Children - There may need to be a certain number of children in the household.

General rules for restriction on children

The following general rules apply:

  • houses will be allocated to households with children
  • a child means at least one person aged 15 years or less.

Property size policy

The following rules are used to allocate properties to applicants in Bands A, B1, B2 and C to make sure the Royal Borough of Greenwich makes best use of housing stock. Non-working age households, are exempt from the size criteria - this is to encourage people to downsize or exchange their properties.

The rules allow one bedroom for:

  • every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • any other adult aged 16 years or over
  • any two children of the same sex aged under 16
  • any two children aged under ten years
  • any other child (other than a child whose main home is elsewhere)
  • children who can't share because of a disability or medical condition
  • a carer (or team of carers) providing overnight care.

A parlour room counts as a bedroom for allocation purposes.

Rules for property types that will be offered

Houses are allocated to a household with children (aged 15 or less). Only Royal Borough of Greenwich tenants in Bands A, B1 and B2 who currently occupy houses will automatically be considered for rehousing to another house.

Other priority applicants will be considered for flats or maisonettes.

However, where a household has four or more children, with at least one child 15 or under, they may be considered for all types of accommodation, including houses. This is due to the short supply of very large flats and maisonettes.