Residents on the housing waiting list urged to check their details are up to date

From 1 April 2018 we will no longer be keeping a Deferred Register for housing applicants.

There are nearly 6,000 applicants on our housing waiting list who are eligible to bid on homes. However, there are a further 6,750 applicants on the Deferred Register who are not eligible to bid for social housing. 

If deferred applicants’ needs don’t change, there is no possibility that they will be offered housing. In light of this, we will no longer be keeping a list of these applicants, who are assessed as not being in housing need.

We are contacting all applicants on the Deferred Register to ask them to check their application details. If their circumstances have changed, they may now be eligible to start bidding for homes on the Moving with Dacorum website.

The changes reflect the reality both locally and nationally that there are simply not enough suitable homes to meet everybody’s needs, even with our new affordable homes building programme, which began in 2013. 

Councillor Margaret Griffiths, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said, “When reviewing the Allocations Policy, we consulted with new tenants and housing applicants so that we could take their views into account. We want to make sure that council homes go to those in greatest housing need, that we do not discriminate unlawfully and that we make best use of our resources.

"Whilst we understand that many people will be disappointed at the closure of the Deferred Register, we do not believe that maintaining thousands of records for applicants with no realistic chance of ever being allocated a council home meets anyone’s aims. For those on the Active Register, our new single offer policy will ensure that applicants consider properties carefully and are selective when placing their bids.”

To find out more about the changes, and to check your application, visit our allocations page or Moving with Dacorum.