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Homes & property A summary of our rehousing rules

The higher rehousing bands: Bands one and three

The three highest priority bands are for people who have a specified need to move as described by the law. Being in one of the top three bands gives you a better chance of a home.

If you have one of the specific reasons for needing to move, you go into either Band 1 or Band 3 - depending on the severity of your circumstances. Here's how we decide what is Band 1 and what is Band 3.

You are coming out of hospital and have nowhere suitable to live

BAND 1 if

  • You have nowhere to live at all, and you have explored all other reasonable housing options; or 
  • You have somewhere to live - but it is unsuitable for someone with your medical condition, and it cannot be made suitable because it would be too expensive, would take too long, or it's not structurally possible. 

You need to move because of a medical condition or disability

BAND 1 if:

  • You have a terminal illness and need to move to get suitable care; or 
  • The condition of your home is affecting your health so seriously that it is, or could become, life-threatening; or 
  • You have a disability and your accommodation restricts your mobility so much that you can't carry out most normal day-to-day tasks, or have difficulty using facilities inside or outside your home; or 
  • You have a serious medical condition, such as late-stage or advanced HIV, and are at risk of serious infection because your home is overcrowded; or

BAND 3 if:

  • You have a disability and your accommodation restricts your mobility - but you can carry out most day-to-day tasks; or 
  • The condition of your home is making your serious health condition worse, but it is not potentially life-threatening.  

You are suffering abuse, violence, harassment, victimisation, or threats

BAND 1 if:

  • You are suffering from very serious domestic abuse, extreme violence or harassment  that means it is genuinely dangerous to stay living in your home.

BAND 3 if:

  • You are suffering from domestic abuse, threats, or harassment - but you are not in immediate danger.

You want to move to a smaller home

You must rent your home from a not-for-profit landlord in the Manchester Move Register, and must leave that home empty if you moved.

BAND 1 if:

  • You live in a home suitable for families, with three or more bedrooms; and you would move to a property with fewer bedrooms that is not for families (a multi-storey flat, retirement housing, or bungalow for example).

BAND 3 if:

  • You would move to a property that has fewer bedrooms than you have now.

You are overcrowded because your home is too small for your household

We use the 'national bedroom standard' rules to work out if you are overcrowded. 

BAND 1 if:

  • You need at least three bedrooms more than you have in your current home.

BAND 3 if:

  • You need one bedroom or two bedrooms more than you have in your current home.

You would move out of a home that has been adapted for a disabled person

BAND 1 if:

  • another rehousing applicant who needs that sort of home is ready to move into it. 

You are, or were, in the armed forces

BAND 1 if:

  • You are a former member of the armed forces and you have a specified need to move;
  • You are a serving member of the armed forces and you need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained while you were serving; or
  • You are the bereaved spouse or civil partner of a member of the armed forces, and you are leaving services accommodation; or
  • You are a serving or former member of the reserve forces and you need to were in the armed forces and you need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained while you were serving.

You own your home, or rent it from a private landlord; and it is in poor condition or lacks basic facilities

BAND 1 if:

  • Your home is in an extremely poor state of repair so that it is an immediate danger or is life-threatening.

BAND 3 if:

  • Your home is in an extremely poor state of repair so that it is a significant risk to health or wellbeing - but is not an immediate danger or life-threatening; or
  • You have no access to one or more of these facilities: bathroom; kitchen; inside toilet; hot or cold water; electricity; adequate heating. (This does not apply if you live in shared accommodation and share these facilities with another household.) 

You need to move because of the welfare or safety of a child or young person

BAND 1 if:

  • Your accommodation contributes to a serious threat to the wellbeing of a child, and the risk is so critical that a move is the only reasonable option to safeguard the child.

BAND 3 if:

  • Your accommodation contributes to a risk to a child, and a move would significantly improve the child's wellbeing; or 
  • A child under 17 lives above the ground floor in a flat or maisonette, and there is no access to a garden; or the garden is shared with more than three other households. 

You are homeless

BAND 3 if:

  • You are a homeless person as the law describes - but not if you have been classed as being 'intentionally homeless' because of unacceptable behaviour, or if you do not have a local connection. For more advice about this, contact your homeless adviser or support worker.

You need to move because of the wellbeing of an older person

BAND 3 if:

  • Your accommodation is inadequate because it is affecting the wellbeing of an older person who is disabled or in ill-health. 

You are ready to leave supported housing or residential care

BAND 3 if:

  • You are ready to move from supported housing to settled, independent housing; or
  • You are a young person ready to move from residential care to settled, independent housing; and would be at risk of being homeless.

Extra priority

If you go into Band three your priority could be upgraded to Band two if you are a working household, or if you pass our 'community contribution' test, or if you are a young person with a 'pre-tenancy' qualification.

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