Allocations Policy – Castle Vale Community Housing

The Allocations Policy is CVCH’s ‘rulebook’ for giving people properties on Castle Vale. It says who can apply, why we might say no to an application, and what type of property the applicant will be able to rent.

50% of our empty properties are let under the Allocations Policy. Because we are a Housing Association, we also have a duty to offer properties to applicants from Birmingham City Council, under what’s called a Nominations Agreement: the other 50% of empty properties are let under the Nominations Agreement.

General rules:

  • You must include everyone on your application who is going to live with you, even if they don’t live with you at the moment
  • You need to prove your identification and your income before being offered a property
  • We don’t know how long it will be before you’re offered a property – as our homes are let on assured tenancies it means that we do not know when properties will become available
  • You will need to renew your application every year of you will lose your place – we will remind you of this
  • It’s your responsibility to make sure what you tell us is accurate, and you might be prosecuted if it’s not
  • If you refuse an offer, you will go back to the bottom of the list, unless there’s a good reason – and if you refuse three offers, you will be taken off the list altogether
  • If you disagree with a decision, you can ask us to review it, or you can follow up with an appeal to court

Rules about who can apply:

  • You have to live, work or have close family in Castle Vale
  • You have to live in the UK already and normally
  • You have to be over eighteen
  • You can’t have a history of behaviour that would give us possession via court order, which includes:
    • Domestic abuse
    • Threatening, violent or abusive behaviour relating to your home or neighbourhood
    • Fraud relating to public funds
    • Subletting without permission
    • Not allowing access or reporting repairs
    • Breaching your tenancy agreement
  • You can’t have rent arrears, for where you live now or for anywhere else
  • You can’t be a homeowner or have high income or savings
  • Current CVCH tenants aren’t able to join the waiting list, unless they need a different property (for example because of overcrowding)

Priority:

  • We give priority based on “community contribution” – this means whether you give something back to the community, through working or volunteering
  • If there’s a reason why you can’t work or volunteer, we will take this into account

Where you will be offered:

  • We don’t give applicants choice about where they want to live within Castle Vale, unless there’s a reason that’s been agreed by CVCH
  • We won’t offer a property that you can’t afford to live in
  • Bedroom allocation is:
    • Couples are allocated one bedroom;
    • single people over 16 are allocated one bedroom;
    • two children both aged under 10 or of the same gender are allocated one bedroom;
    • two children aged over 10 and of different genders are allocated two bedrooms
  • If you need extra bedrooms for any reason, we will take this into account
  • If you have a child under ten, you will not be offered a flat in a high-rise block

Please click the buttons below for our frequently asked questions, guidance notes (please read before completing the application) and our housing application.

If you have any enquiries not covered in the frequently asked questions or the guidance notes, please call us on 0121 748 8100 or email application@cvch.org.uk

How long will it take to be offered a property?

Unfortunately, if you are accepted onto our waiting lists we cannot be specific about how long it may take for you to be offered a property. This is because the types of tenancy we grant allow people to stay for as long as they keep to the terms of their tenancy conditions. We therefore cannot predict when a suitable property might become available. We know that some people might be waiting a long time, and some may never be allocated a property. This is because on average we let less than 100 properties a year, and we are required to let half of these to people on the Council’s waiting list under the terms of our agreement with the council. This is called a nominations agreement. We always recommend that people register for both schemes to increase their chances.

We have a lot of people on our waiting list, and because of the popularity of Castle Vale as a place to live, you might be waiting for a very long time. We do let some properties on a market rent basis which might be immediately available, but these are not let on discounted social rents, are let on a short term basis and are not subject to the same waiting lists. If this is of interest, follow this link and submit an enquiry. If you already have a social tenancy you might be rehoused quicker if you find a mutual exchange.

Can you tell me where I am on the waiting list?

We do not tell people exactly where they are on the waiting list or how long they might be waiting. In addition to the reasons above, the waiting list order can change. Sometimes we have to house people in an emergency – for example when someone loses their home because of fire, or if they are fleeing serious violence or domestic abuse. You might lose your place on the waiting list if you don’t return our review forms. We may be able to tell you if you are in the top quarter of applicants, but we won’t guess at how long you might be waiting as we can’t guarantee this and it is likely to lead to disappointment.

Please return your completed and signed form, along with your supporting evidence to application@cvch.org.uk. If you are unable to return your form by email, please post it to CVCH, 11 High Street, Castle Vale, Birmingham B35 7PR or you can hand deliver your form to our offices during normal office opening hours.