How your priority for social housing is decided

Your application for the housing register is prioritised using a banding system. Your banding confirms where you are on the waiting list.

You will be banded for priority using:

  • decisions about who we legally must give priority to
  • local policies including supporting vulnerable Redbridge residents

Find out about our priority banding system

We have 4 bandings. Band 1 is the highest priority. Band 4 is the lowest priority.

Band Description Examples of who could be in this banding
1 - Emergency The need to move is very urgent, for example there is a strict time limit. Only a small number of people on the waiting list are in band 1.
  • Someone living in a property that will be demolished within 3 months because of a regeneration scheme
2 - Urgent The need to move is urgent. People in this band will be experiencing serious difficulties in their current housing.
  • Redbridge care leaver who is ready to leave care and has been nominated by the Council
  • Someone in the most urgent medical priority group
3 - Priority There is a medium level of need to move. 
  • Someone owed a homelessness duty by Redbridge Council  and living in temporary accommodation
  • Someone living in an overcrowded property (not temporary accommodation)
4 - Reduced Priority

People in this band have either:

  • no housing need but are allowed to join the waiting list
  • a housing need but has not lived in Redbridge for at least 5 years
  • Someone who has applied for sheltered accommodation only and who does not have a housing need

How we assess overcrowded accommodation

You will be assessed as living in an overcrowded property based on:

  • how many bedrooms you have
  • how many bedrooms we decide you need

Generally, we count the following as 1 bedroom:

  • a studio or a property with 1 combined sleeping and living room
  • a bedroom in a shared house
  • a living room that could be used as a bedroom

How your priority banding is decided

Your priority banding is based on:

  • whether you are in a group we must prioritise
  • which band we think you should be in based on your priority

You will usually be in band 3 if you are homeless, have a need to move on medical grounds or your home is overcrowded,

If you have more than 1 priority need

You will be put in the highest band for your circumstances if you have more than 1 priority need.

For example, you will usually be in band 3 if you have a moderate medical condition and are in temporary accommodation.

Find out more about how we assess housing priority, in our Housing Allocation Policy (PDF 330KB).