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.

4. Reasonable Preference

4.1 In selecting tenants for their houses landlords must give reasonable preference to:

  • homeless persons and persons threatened with homelessness and who have unmet housing needs (but not if they only become such persons as a result of a local authority landlord having regard to a 'restricted person'[5]);
  • people who are living under unsatisfactory housing conditions and who have unmet housing needs; and
  • tenants of houses which are held by a social landlord and which the social landlord selecting its tenants considers to be under-occupied.



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