Once the closing date for bids has passed a shortlist of interested applicants is drawn up. The shortlist will identify the order of applicants based on who is in the highest band with the earliest band /effective date. Adverts will specify any additional criteria and applicants who do not meet these will not be short-listed or will be overlooked, so being at the top of a shortlist does not mean that you will be offered the property.
Applicants also may be overlooked in certain circumstances for example if they have rent arrears or there has been anti-social behaviour. Ground floor properties would generally be allocated to applicants who have a medical need for a ground property over those who don’t.
Each Housing Associations will have its own criteria and they will make the final decision as to whether to accept any nomination and they will require an affordability assessment.
Applicants who are subject to the benefit cap may also over looked or refused.