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Who can join the Common Housing Register?

Anyone 16-years-old or over and deemed eligible can apply for housing on the Common Housing Register.

For information on eligibility criteria, download the council's housing allocations policy

Applicants with a local connection to the borough of Rugby usually receive priority - 'local connection' defined as:

  • you currently live, or have lived, in the borough of Rugby for at least six out of the last 12 months, or three out of the last five years
  • you have immediate family (mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandparents, step-relatives, adoptive parents) who currently live in the borough and have done for at least five years
  • you have a contract of employment in the borough (if you have a zero-hours contract, you must prove you have worked in the borough during the previous four weeks, with proof required at both the point of application and when you receive an offer of a property
  • you need to care for, or receive care from, someone who lives in the borough (we request evidence from a professional agency to support the requirement to care for, or receive care from)

The above criteria does not apply to the following:

  • applicants moving into the borough to take up work or escape violence
  • applicants connected to the armed forces
  • applicants who meet the reasonable preference criteria as set out in the Housing Act 1996, section 166 (3) but have no local connection (in these circumstances, we applicants in band three)
  • social housing tenants who need to move due to working in the borough, or being offered work in the borough and has a genuine intention to accept the offer

 

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