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.    

Our pdf icon Housing Allocations Policy 2021 [6Mb] 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 Housing Register for West Berkshire, and works in line with the policy to make sure the allocation process is as fair as possible. This policy was revised in 2020 and adopted following a period of consultation with our residents and partners.

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

  • who is eligible to apply to be on the Housing Register (these rules are set nationally and cover things like immigration status) 
  • who qualifies to be on the 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 people in housing need
  • how the bidding process works for available properties
  • the reasons that someone's application could be deferred, suspended, cancelled or removed from the Housing Register
  • how applicants can request a review of a decision relating to their application
  • details of how an applicant can make a complaint