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Offer

All bids received will be put in priority order to produce a list of eligible applicants for each property advertised. The landlord of the property will carry out any outstanding eligibility checks, (e.g. rent checks, household circumstance checks).

If your name is at the top of the short list we will contact you to verify your application and complete the first section of the It's Your Move process. You will then have a meeting with the Area Housing Officer for your new property.
You will then be invited to view the property. If we are unable to offer the property to the applicant at the top of the list we will move to the next applicant and so on.

If you decide to refuse the property it will be offered to the next person on the priority list. Refusing a property will affect your banding and Housing Application.

If you are offered a property you will not be short listed for other properties until you have decided to either accept or refuse the offer.

If you accept the property you will be given an appointment to come into the Riverside House to sign the tenancy agreement and collect the keys. This is normally on the day after you have veiwed the property.

Once you accept a property your application will be closed.

Circumstances that will Result in No Offer Being Made

The Council has the right not to make an offer.  In some cases the history of the applicant is not known until the applicant has made a bid and may appear at the top of the shortlist and be due to be made an offer.
Where this will apply will include, but not be restricted to, if the applicant:

• Requests an area where they may be unable to sustain a tenancy from lack of support. For example in the case of an applicant with a medical priority on support grounds and the property requested is away from the support network.  
• Requests a property that is too small for their family circumstances and this would lead to an unacceptable overcrowding or cramped living conditions of the property including non- statutory overcrowding as per the Allocation Policy. 
• Has specific needs for disability adaptations and the property does not meet these requirements
• Where there is no local letting policy and the applicant or members of the household have been involved in anti - social or criminal behaviour in the last twelve months.
• Where there is no local letting policy and the applicants has breached a condition of their current tenancy, e.g. rent arrears
• Where the applicant cannot afford to take on the tenancy

Individual cases that are considered by Housing Assessment Panel for Band One status will also take the above criteria into account when making their decision. 
Where the Council has reserved the right not to offer a property the applicant will be advised in writing of the reasons for this decision.

Refusal of an Offer by a 'Homeless' Member (Band 2)
 

If Rotherham Council has accepted a statutory duty under the Homeless Legislation to rehouse you, you will be expected to bid for all properties that you are eligible for.  
Any member who has been accepted as statutorily homeless will be placed in a preference band and because of this the process is a little different:

Your banding will be time limited to 28 days - it will then be reviewed;

The homelessness duty will be discharged following 1 offer of suitable and affordable accommodation of either Council, RSL or Private Rented Sector Offer. The housing application category will change from Band 1 or 2 and will be moved to Band 3. Once the applicant refuses 2 offers in total their Housing register application is cancelled. 

If suitable properties are available, you will be expected to have made a bid straight away.  If you are statutorily homeless, and as a member you have not made any bids within 28 days of receiving your Band 2, staff from the Housing Solution Team will then start making bids on your behalf.

If a suitable property offer is refused, the homeless duty will be discharged and the member will cease to have their priority status;
The decision as to whether an offer of accommodation is a suitable offer will be made within the provisions of the Refusal Policy for Homeless Applicants.