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Adapting your home FAQ

We are planning changes to the way we allocate our adapted homes. This is because there is a high demand from people needing properties and we only have a limited number of suitable homes that match their needs. We will be advising all those affected by the changes before they come into force.

Due to the low number of properties available in the borough that are suitable to meet the needs of people who have mobility and physical health conditions, we want to try and make sure that people who need adapted properties are prioritised for them. To achieve this we have introduced three ‘levels’ (low, medium and high – described in the table on the next page), that correspond to both applicants and properties. The property adverts on our bidding system ‘Moving with Dacorum’ will identify which homes meet one of the three levels.

For more information please use the links below.

Bidding

Medical points

Level Criteria

Prioritising need

 

Bidding

Although you will still be able to bid on any property. You should only bid on those properties that state on their adverts that they will be suitable for your needs. This will limit the number of properties you bid on, but you will be prioritised for any suitable properties that you do bid for.

Within a property advert –once you have clicked on the show full details tab- the adaptation level of the property will be shown at the end of the advert in the “further information” box.

When you choose to bid on a suitable property you will be prioritised above those applicants who do not have a specific need relating to mobility or physical health. If you bid on those properties that are not suitable to meet your needs we will not be able to consider you for an offer. We will not contact you to confirm this for each property, however you will see that we have overlooked you by looking at your shortlist status.

 

Medical points

Applicants with mobility and physical health needs still receive medical points, although there are now new criteria for deciding how these medical points are awarded. The new criteria are based on guidelines provided by Occupational Therapists (professional experts in the housing needs of people with mobility and physical health conditions) and relate to the extent to which your current housing situation cannot meet your mobility or physical health needs.

 

Level Criteria

The criteria for each level are set out below:

 

Low adaptations–

  • Needs ground floor or a property with lift access or a house with shallow stairs
  • Needs a level access shower or shower with a seat
  • Property accessible by shallow steps or a ramp
  • Parking close to entrance

Medium adaptations–

  • Needs ground floor or a property with lift access wide enough for a wheel chair or a house with a stairlift
  • Needs a level access shower
  • Needs a level access entrance
  • Parking close to entrance
  • Space within the property for limited wheelchair use in the entrance hall

High adaptations–

  • Needs ground floor or a property with lift access wide enough for a wheel chair or a house with a stairlift
  • Needs a level access shower
  • Needs a level access entrance
  • Parking close to entrance
  • Space within the property for limited wheelchair use in the entrance hall
  • Property on a flat road

 

Prioritising need

When you choose to bid on a suitable property you will be prioritised above those applicants who do not have a specific need relating to mobility or physical health. This priority will be added at the shortlisting stage, like the village lettings priority This priority will be added at the shortlisting stage, much like the village lettings priority.

 

Those applicants who bid on a ‘low’, ‘medium’ or ‘high’ property will be shortlisted according to the following priority order:

 

"Low" properties

1st ‘Low’ applicants

2nd People with no specific need.

 

‘Medium’ properties

1st ‘Medium’ applicants

2nd ‘Low’ applicants

3rd People with no specific need.

 

‘High’ properties

1st ‘High’ applicants

2nd ‘Medium’ applicants

3rd ‘Low’ applicants

4th People with no specific need.

 

From the prioritised shortlist we will allocate to the person with the highest points.

If an applicant bids on a property which does not meet their needs, they will be over looked. For instance an applicant with high adaptive needs, bidding on a property with low adaptations, will be overlooked as the property does not meet their needs.

If you have any questions about how your application has been processed please contact Housing Advice on 01442 228000, or email housingoptions@dacorum.gov.uk.

 

 

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