How houses are allocated
When you make an application for rehousing on Derby Homefinder, your needs will be assessed from the information you provide. If you are eligible and qualify, you will be placed in one of the three 'housing bands':
- Corporate Needs Band
- Priority Needs Band
- General needs band
If you have no housing needs, or do not qualify, you will be placed in 'Open to All'.
Your application is live as soon as you have submitted your application and registered your email address. You can log in using your registered email address and password and will be able to bid on properties that are advertised for your allocated band straight away.
The Derby City Council’s Allocation policy 2020 to 2025 explains in more detail how decisions are made on how we prioritise those who need housing and how properties are allocated in Derby City.
You will be placed in the Corporate Needs band if your circumstances reflect the key corporate priorities of the City Council. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Care leavers
- People moving on from specialist supported housing
- People who are releasing larger properties
- Those approved to foster and need a larger property
You will be placed in the Priority Needs band for reasons such as:
- Being homeless or threatened with homelessness
- Living in overcrowded accommodation
- You have been a member of the armed forces
- You are at serious risk of harm
If you are placed the General Needs band, it is likely you will be waiting a long time for a property. You will be placed in this band for reasons like:
- Under occupying a property by one bedroom
- You need to move to take up or remain in employment
- Our homeless duty has ended
If you have been placed in the 'Open to all' band, it means you either do not have a recognised housing need or you are not eligible, for instance you have rent arrears and no repayment plan in place. It is highly unlikely that you will be offered a property. There are currently around 2000 people in Open to all and in the last three months, 0 properties have been advertised in this band.
It’s very difficult for us to be able to give you an accurate idea of how long you may wait to be rehoused. Waiting times are affected by the type, size and area of the property you are looking for as well as your individual circumstances. You should consider options available to you, to increase your chances of being rehoused.