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Local Connection


Local connection qualification criteria as defined in Solihull Council Housing Allocation Policy 29 September 2014

The decision that a person does not qualify for an allocation of accommodation may occur at the point of application or at any time during the life of the application.

SCH will consider an applicants qualifying status at the time of initial application and also when considering making an allocation to them.

 Close Association with Solihull

A close association with Solihull will be established if one of the following circumstances exist, The applicant, or a member of their household:

 a) Is currently resident in the borough and has been for the two years immediately prior to their application in accommodation that was of their own choice;

 b) Has lived in the borough of Solihull for at least three of the last five years in accommodation that was of their own choice;

 c) Has close relatives who have been living in the borough for at least five years (close relatives means parents, adult children or brothers and sisters);

 d) Has employment in the borough (meaning the actual physical place of work rather than, for example, the location of the employer’s head office) and which is ongoing and regular and has been for at least the last 6 months;

 e) Special circumstances – a close association established on these grounds is likely to be exceptional e.g. the need to be near special medical or support services which are available only in the Solihull area; able to demonstrate that they or their family face life threatening crisis and require immediate rehousing as a consequence of fire, flood or a child protection emergency

 f) A child leaving the care of Solihull Council will have a close association to Solihull

The applicant must be able to prove that they meet at least one of these circumstances.

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