Policy Housing Allocation Policy

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10. Local connection - exceptions

The only exceptions to local connection criteria, and subject to the property are:

Homeless applicants (where-by the local connection criteria as laid down by the Housing Act 1996 as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002 would apply, reference section 18.22 of the Homelessness Code of Guidance).

The applicant was placed or relocated outside the district due to illness, need for temporary accommodation, military service, and provision of care or other exceptional circumstances and needs to return to live in the district.

The applicant needs to relocate from another district to escape violence or harm.

The applicant needs to relocate to the district to receive support to rehabilitate and integrate back into the community.

The applicant as defined by the Allocation of Housing (qualification Criteria for Armed Forces) (England) Regulations 2012 (SI2012/1869) is

  • A person currently serving in the regular forces or who has served in the regular forces at any time in the five years preceding their application.
  • A bereaved spouse or civil partner of a person serving in the regular forces where their entitlement to accommodation with the Ministry of Defence has ceased and the death of that person was wholly or partly attributable to that person’s service.
  • An existing or former member of the reserve forces who has suffered from a serious injury, illness or disability which is wholly or partly attributable to their service.

The applicant is an existing social housing tenant ( in England ) who is employed within East Devon, or who has an offer of employment within East Devon and a genuine intention to take up the offer, and has a reasonable preference to move to the area to avoid hardship.