West Berkshire Council

Housing Allocations Policy

How social housing properties are allocated

There are large numbers of people looking for accommodation in West Berkshire, and we can only offer practical help to a very limited number of households.  So that we can work out which people we help first, we consulted our residents and partners and developed a policy that describes our decision-making process.  

Our doc icon Housing Allocations Policy (HAP) [411kb] was adopted in October 2013 and amended in September 2016. It explains the framework that we use to decide how we allocate our social and affordable rent homes in West Berkshire, and what our priorities are in doing so.  Homechoice is the Common Housing Register for West Berkshire, and works in line with the policy to make sure the allocation process is as fair as possible.

The HAP sets out the principles of the Housing Allocation Scheme, explaining:

  • who is eligible to apply to be on the Common Housing Register (these rules are set nationally and cover things like immigration status) 
  • who qualifies to be on the Common Housing Register (we set these rules locally - they include things like how much someone earns or how long they have lived in West Berkshire)
  • how applications will be assessed for housing need
  • how the bidding process works for available homes
  • the reasons that someone's application would be deferred, hibernated, suspended, cancelled or removed from the Common Housing Register
  • the circumstances in which applicants can request a review of a decision about their application
  • details of how an applicant can make a complaint