Anyone over 16 years of age, who is eligible and who meets the qualifying criteria may apply to Coventry Homefinder.
Registered Providers have different policies in dealing with persons under the age of 18. Registered Providers will not normally allow an allocation of accommodation to anyone under the age of 18 years. However, there may be exceptional circumstances where a tenancy can be held in trust by a guarantor (for example where a young person leaving care is referred by children’s social care services, where they agree to hold the tenancy in trust and where a suitable support package is in place).
If you believe you meet the eligibility and qualifying criteria outlined in Section 4, you can apply through an online application form at http://www.coventryhomefinder.com
Computers are available in the Customer Service Centre and Public Libraries to facilitate the online application process for applicants who don’t have readily available access to the internet.
If you require assistance to complete an online application, you can contact the Council at the Customer Service Centre in Broadgate. Support is also available from various advice agencies in the city. For further details go to https://www.adviceservicescoventry.org.uk/
Once a fully completed application form has been received along with the required supporting documentation, the information submitted will be assessed to determine if applicants are eligible and qualify, followed by an assessment of their housing need.
All applicants will be required to provide evidence to verify both their eligibility and qualification status at the point of application and again at the point of allocation of a property. This can include but is not limited to:
All applicants will be required to give consent for third parties to be contacted in order to check information, and to obtain any further information relating to housing need and circumstances (if required).
Applicants can only have one live application either as the lead applicant or as a household member. Applicants should only include people in their application who will be part of their household and occupying the accommodation as their principal home. Applicants can only include people who normally reside with them or could reasonably be expected to do so. This can include:
Applicants should not include people they currently live with who will not be moving with them.
When assessing the size of property that a household will be eligible for, Coventry Homefinder will use the Bedroom Standard.
The Coventry Homefinder Policy will allocate a separate bedroom to:
Living areas can be used as a sleeping area for occasional carers. Only in exceptional circumstances will applicants be eligible for an additional bedroom.
Where properties have two living rooms (also known as parlour houses) one of these rooms could be used as a downstairs bedroom with the agreement of the Registered Provider. This will be specified on the advert for the property.
Applicants must be able to show, through an affordability assessment, that they are able to cover the full rental costs of the property. If they cannot, the Registered Provider may not make an offer of accommodation for the property.
Where an applicant has a shared residence order or staying access for a child or children (under 18 years old), they may not be automatically entitled to bedrooms for their children, as the Coventry Homefinder Policy adopts the principle that the children need one home of an adequate size.
In determining the size of accommodation required for a household, children from current or former relationships will only be counted as part of the household where appropriate evidence has been provided to determine that the applicant has the main responsibility for the children and where the children have their main home. In determining this, each application will be assessed on a case by case basis taking into account:
The applicant must be able to show they can meet the full rental costs associated with the property having an additional bedroom through an affordability assessment. If they cannot, the Registered Provider may not make an offer of accommodation for the property.
A person may only register one live application as a main applicant or as a household member.
In order to prevent duplication of applications the household must provide their National Insurance number to register. Once a National Insurance number is registered on Coventry Homefinder no further registrations can be made for that National Insurance number.
Applications can be accepted from Coventry City Council employees, employees of Registered Providers, elected members, board members and their close relatives, provided they are eligible to apply and meet the qualifying criteria. Applicants must disclose any such relationship at the time of application and at the time that an offer of accommodation is made. Any application for priority for employees linked to Coventry Homefinder must be verified by the Operations Manager with responsibility for Housing or the Head of Housing and Homelessness.
All applications will be given a registration date which reflects the time that they have been registered. An effective date is the date from which an applicant has been in their current band for. For new applicants to the register the registration date and the effective date will be the same. If an applicant’s assessed housing need changes and they submit a change of circumstances form their effective date may change if there is a change to the applicant’s band.
The effective date will be used when shortlisting to determine how long the applicant has been assessed as requiring priority in the band and/or has been registered with Coventry Homefinder.
When applicants move to a different band due to a change in their circumstances, the following will apply:
It is an offence to:
Doing so could result in any or all of the following:
Following investigation, if an applicant is found to have knowingly provided false information or withheld information and is consequently removed from the register, they will be notified of the decision and the reasons for it in writing and informed of their right to request a review.