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Coventry Homefinder

Proposed change - how people apply for housing

  1. To have one application process with one form.
  2. For people to only have one live housing application.
  3. Changing the ‘bidding cycle’ to enable properties to be advertised on any day. People will have 7 calendar days to bid for a property. The applicant bidding cycle will run from Monday to Sunday.
  4. Reducing the time people have to renew their housing application. This is known as the annual review.

What does the current policy say?

  • Currently there is a two-part application process. People complete one form to apply to the register and another form to apply for priority banding.
  • Currently people are allowed to be registered on multiple applications. This would no longer be allowed.
  • Currently the bidding cycle runs from midnight (00.00am) on Thursday morning to 11.59pm on the following Tuesday night, each week.
  • Currently, once notified of their need to review, people have 125 days to complete their annual review, update their circumstances and confirm they wish to remain on the Housing Register. This timeframe would change to 28 days.

Why change?

  • To make the application process quicker and easier for people. Housing need will be assessed when people apply, and people would no longer need to complete the priority need form separately.
  • To enable each person’s housing needs to be accurately assessed and to avoid administrative duplication.
  • To enable Registered Providers (Housing Associations) to advertise and therefore let their properties more quickly and flexibly.
  • To ensure that the Housing Register is kept up to date and accurately reflects housing need. 

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