Social rented housing is reserved for certain groups of people. To be eligible to apply for social rented housing, you have to meet certain eligibility criteria.
What are the eligibility criteria?
- You have to be at least 18 years old
- Residential status
- You have to be residentially qualified
- You can have savings up to your household nest egg. That depends on how many people are in your household. There's more in the Income Thresholds Policy which is available in the downloads section of this page, but in brief:
Household composition Nest egg threshold Single, no children, 1 bed £10,920 Single, no children, 2 bed £13,000 Couple, no children, 1 bed £13,000 Couple, no children, 2 bed £15,080 One child £16,900 Two children £21,580 Three or more children £23,400
- Your net weekly household income must be below the limit for your household size. Full details are available in the Income Thresholds Policy which is available in the downloads section of this page. The 2016 limits are:
Household composition Weekly net income threshold Single, no children, 1 bed £420 Single, no children, 2 bed £500 Couple, no children, 1 bed £500 Couple, no children, 2 bed £580 One child £650 Two children £830 Three or more children £900
- Property ownership
- Generally speaking, if you've owned property in the past you won't qualify for social rented housing
- However, if you used to own property but you've had to sell it due to circumstances beyond your control, you might still be eligible
- Tenancy history
- If you have had a tenancy terminated because you didn't pay rent, or you broke the tenancy agreement in some other serious way, it's likely that you will not be eligible for social rented housing
- Those rules apply whether you were a States tenant or in private market accommodation
- In rare cases, exceptions can be made - you can ask to speak to a member of staff if you think your tenancy history shouldn't bar you from applying now
I meet the criteria, how do I apply?
- If you're under 65 and you don't have children in the household, you have to apply to GHA. You can find out how to do that here.
- If you're a pensioner, or if you have children, apply to Housing. You'll have to fill in an application form and send it to us along with proof of your circumstances.
- You can download an application form on this page, pick one up from Edward T Wheadon House, or you can contact us by following this link and we'll send one to you.
I've applied. What happens next?
- Once we receive your application form and all the documentation we ask for, we'll be in contact to tell you if you have a place on our waiting list. We can't tell you how long you'll have to wait - it all depends on personal circumstances.