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To be considered to join our Housing Register, you must meet the eligibility criteria.
You can find more information about our eligibility criteria in our housing need and allocations policy.
If you do not meet the eligibility criteria to join the Housing Register, we will make your application ineligible and we will remove it.
You will receive confirmation of this in writing or by email.
If you do not have the option to access public funds due to your immigration status, you will not be eligible to be on the Housing Register. For example, this includes if you:
You must have a local connection to Chelmsford to be eligible to join the Housing Register. This means you must meet one or more of the following criteria:
You might not eligible to be on the Housing Register if:
We think it is acceptable for you to spend up to 30% of your gross household income on your rent or mortgage. Gross household income means all your family’s income from all sources including most benefits, and 25% of non-dependent’s (for example adult children) income living within your household.
You can find out more about how we assess financial circumstances in section five of the allocations policy.
You cannot qualify for the Housing Register if you, or a member of your household, has acted in a way that demonstrates you are not a suitable tenant. This includes recent behaviour or actions in the past which continue to make you unsuitable to hold a tenancy.
You can find out what we consider unacceptable behaviour in section five of the allocations policy.
You cannot qualify to join the Housing Register if you are under the age of 18 and unable, by law, to hold a legal tenancy.
If you have been evicted for rent arrears within the last five years, from a private or social tenancy, you will not be eligible to join the Housing Register.
There may be some exceptions to this, for example if you repaid the rent arrears in full afterwards. You must provide evidence of the arrears being cleared.
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