Social housing allocations legal framework: statutory guidance for social landlords

Sets out the legal framework which social landlords must work within when developing their allocations policies.

16. Other Factors

16.1 Landlords are prohibited from imposing certain requirements before allocating housing to an applicant[12]. They cannot require that:

  • an application must have been in force for a minimum period prior to allocation, except as permitted by section 20B; or
  • the applicant gets a divorce or judicial separation; or
  • the applicant gets a dissolution of a civil partnership or a decree of separation of civil partners; or
  • the applicant no longer lives with, or in the same house as, some other person.



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