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Renting a council house/home from the council

Am I eligible for a council house/home?

There are 2 stages to finding out whether you are eligible for a council house/home.

Firstly you must qualify to join the waiting list. Qualifying to join the waiting list depends upon: 


Secondly you will be allocated a waiting list 'band'. Your circumstances will be assessed to determine your level of housing need. Your application will be designated the appropriate waiting list ‘band’ which tells us how high a priority your application should be given according to your level of housing need. Higher bands are given highest priority – band 1 being the highest and band 9 being the lowest.  

Which waiting list band your application is placed into can be influenced by factors of need. You may have specific circumstances or housing needs that affect the priority of your application and thus your waiting list band. Factors of need are grouped into 3 categories: A, B and C and combinations of these factors can affect the priority of your application by deciding which waiting list band your application matches. 

As appropriate properties become available they will normally be allocated to the person in the highest waiting list band that has been in that band the longest. 

Please note: there may also be exceptions to the rule as some individual circumstances will be prioritised over others.  The type of property that you may be eligible for is set out in our Housing Allocation Policy, and is determined by the property's size, type, location and facilities:

Council Housing Allocation Policy (pdf 1.9mb opens in new window)

If you are not sure whether you are eligible please complete an application form and we will let you know.

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 Can I join the council house/home waiting list?

You will normally be eligible to join our waiting list if:

  • you have a local connection to the East Riding of Yorkshire, and

  • you are at least 18 years of age, and

  • you are not deemed to be guilty of unacceptable behaviour.

Please read on for more information on what these criteria mean, and what exceptions there are.

Local Connection to the East Riding

We will usually only accept applications on to the housing register from applicants with a local connection to the East Riding of Yorkshire. Local connection means that the applicant either: 

  • is normally resident within the area of the East Riding; or
  • has a local connection with the area by virtue of family association or secure employment.

Normally resident means living within the East Riding as your sole or main home for at least 6 out of the last 12 months, or 3 out of the last 5 years.

Local Connection normally means family association by having parents, grandparents, adult children, a brother or sister currently living within the East Riding and having done so for at least 5 years; or secure employment or self-employment within the East Riding for at least 1 year for 20 hours/week, or permanent  employment if less than 1 year.

Local connection requirements will not apply to the following applicants: 

  • members of the Armed Forces and former Service personnel, where the application is made within five years of discharge;
  • bereaved spouses and civil partners of members of the Armed Forces leaving Services Family Accommodation following the death of their spouse or partner; and
  • serving or former members of the Reserve Forces who need to move because of serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of their service.
  • where we must give applicants a 'reasonable preference' for housing in accordance with the Housing Act 1996 (as amended), for example because they are occupying insanitary housing.
  • where applications have been invited for a property that we have deemed to be 'hard to let'.

Age of Applicant

Applicants will normally be at least 18 years of age. In the case of 16 and 17 year olds, applicants must be care leavers or homeless/threatened with homelessness,and not deemed to be a child in need following an investigation by Social Services under section 17 of the Children Act 19892. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a recognised support package and financial guarantor or guardian before being accepted on to the register.

Unacceptable Behaviour

In addition, applicants will not be accepted on to the register where the Council decides that the applicant, or a member of the household with whom the applicant would usually reside, has behaved unacceptably.

If you are not sure whether you meet the criteria to join the waiting list please contact us to discuss your situation.

Email: housing.services@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 396301

Our council housing allocation policy sets out who is eligible to go on our waiting list, and how we allocate our properties. The following pdf document is our council housing allocation policy.

Council Housing Allocation Policy (pdf 1.9mb opens in new window)

We operate a date order, band systemof allocation. This means that when you are accepted on the waiting list you are put into a band (numbered from 1 to 9) according to your housing need – band 1 being the highest band and having the greatest housing need.

Your position within that band depends on how long you have been in the band. When a property becomes empty, it is allocated to the applicant in the highest band (i.e. with the most housing need) and who has been in that band the longest, where the property is suitable for them in terms of size, type, location and facilities.  The type of property that you may be eligible for is set out in our Housing Allocation Policy.

Some of our rural properties built since 2010 are subject to a Local Lettings Policy.

If you are a pensioner or disabled and live within the East Riding, we can help you look at the options for moving to more suitable accommodation.  We can provide practical help when you move, and if you are in receipt of a means-tested benefit we can provide financial help towards the costs of moving.  If you would like to find out more about our Housing Options Advice Serviceplease email  housing.services@eastriding.gov.uk or telephone (01482) 396301.

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What do the waiting list bands mean?

Our council housing allocation policyis based on nine bands with specific qualifying criteria. Your housing needs and other circumstances are assessed on the information you provide, and you will be placed in the highest band your circumstances allow.  Qualifying applicants with no local connection will be placed in band 9.

Within each band applications are ranked in order from when they were accepted into that band, and not the date the original application was accepted.  The following is a summary of the information relating to bands in our allocation policy, for more information please see our full policy by clicking on the link above. 

Bands 

All qualifying applicants will be allocated to one of the following bands according to
their particular circumstances. Factors of need are explained in the section following bands. 


Band 1 

Households accepted as homeless, management decants and other emergency
cases.

Band 2

Under-occupying social tenants, management transfers, applicants whose homes
require major adaptation and alternative more suitable accommodation is available,
and homeless prevention cases.

Band 3

Applicants who are considered to have one or more factors of need from Group A.

Band 4

Applicants who are considered to have two or more factors of need from Group B, or
one factor of need from Group B and one or more factors of need from Group C.

Band 5

Applicants who have one factor of need from Group B.

Band 6

Applicants who have two or more factors of need from Group C.

Band 7

Applicants who have one factor of need from Group C.

Band 8

Applicants who do not have a housing need or, following a financial and need
assessment, would be able to purchase a property or rent market priced housing
within the East Riding of Yorkshire which is suitable for their needs.

Band 9

Applicants without a local connection to the East Riding of Yorkshire but with a 'reasonable preference' for housing in accordance with the Housing Act 1996 (as amended), for example because they are occupying insanitary housing.

Factors of need

The factor of need groups referred to above are as follows:

Group A

Urgent medical need

Applicants diagnosed with a terminal illness and needing to move to alternative
accommodation, or serving or former members of the Armed and Reserve Forces who need to move because of serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of their service.

Resettlement

Applicants who have completed an intensive/approved resettlement programme
in supported accommodation (as determined by the Housing Services Group Manager).

Use and occupation

Following the death of the tenant, occupiers of Council dwellings who under the
Tenancy Policywould be granted a discretionary succession, however the current property would be under-occupied or considered unsuitable.

Group B

People with disabilities

Applicants with disabilities whose need to move to alternative accommodation is
supported by Health and/or Social Services and, if appropriate, a support package
is in place.

Care Leavers

Application must be supported by Social Services and a recognised support package in place.

Welfare and Employment

Where:

  • applicant needs to move closer to support, as current arrangements are
    having a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of those involved, this
    has to be with the agreement of the Head of Housing, Transportation and
    Public Protection;

  • applicant needs to move to provide care/ support, as current arrangements
    are having a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of those involved,
    this has to be with the agreement of the Head of Housing, Transportation
    and Public Protection;

  • a move will prevent admission to residential care or hospital;

  • applicant needs to move out of residential care to live independently, where
    the applicant has capacity and a recognised support package is in place;

  • a move will allow the adoption or fostering of a child that is the responsibility of East Riding of Yorkshire Council to take place, this has to be on the recommendation of the Director of Children, Families and Schools, in agreement with the Head of Housing, Transportation and Public Protection;

  • applicant needs to move closer to permanent employment, where failure to
    meet that need would cause hardship.

Disrepair

Households living in accommodation designated a Category 1 hazard under the Housing Health and Safety Rating SystemRegulations, where the owner has no
recourse to funds (this includes raising monies through a loan or mortgage) to rectify the property, and where it is agreed by the Public Protection Group Manager that the most appropriate course of action is to re-house the household.

High medical need

Applicants who are either unable to use or have serious difficulty using an essential part of current residence (for example, lavatory or bathroom).


Lacking facilities
  • Applicants whose current home lacks either a bathroom or a kitchen/
    cooking facilities or where the only lavatory is external to the property; or

  • Households with a child aged under 10 years where the current property
    lacks private outdoor space, garden or yard.

Homeless

Households who the Council accepts are homeless but to whom it does not
owe a duty to secure settled accommodation because they are not considered to
be in priority need.

Tenants who are overcrowded and need two or more additional bedrooms

Our secure tenants, housing association and private tenants/lodgers who are overcrowded and need two or more additional bedrooms, based upon the dwelling type suitability detailed in our council housing allocation policy.

Group C

Moderate medical need

Applicants who need to move into alternative accommodation as their current housing is detrimental to health and well-being.

Overcrowded
  • Our secure tenants, housing association and private tenants/lodgers who are overcrowded and need one additional bedroom based upon the dwelling type suitability detailed in our council housing allocation policy.

  • Home owners who are overcrowded and need one or more additional bedrooms who have no recourse to funds (this includes raising monies through a loan or mortgage).

Homeless

Households who are found to be intentionally homeless.

Sharing facilities

People sharing a kitchen, bathroom or both with another household. This does not include sharing with immediate family members who will be moving with the applicant.

For more details on bands and factors of need (including exceptions to the above criteria) please see our council housing allocation policy.

When a property becomes empty, it is allocated to the applicant in the highest band (i.e. with the most housing need) and who has been in that band the longest, where the property is suitable for them in terms of size, type, location and facilities.

If you believe you have been placed in the wrong band, in accordance with our council housing allocation policy, you have the right to appeal in writing within 21 days of the decision. You must state the reasons why your band is incorrect. Appeals should be sent to:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Housing Services
County Hall
Beverley
HU17 9BA

or email housing.services@eastriding.gov.uk

 

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What types of council home are there, and where are they?

We have a housing stock of just over 11,000 properties and are a mixture of houses, bungalows and flats. We also have sheltered housing for older or disabled tenants which has the benefit of a warden service. Our properties are located throughout the East Riding, as far as Flamborough and Bridlington in the north, Goole in the west, Withernsea in the east and the suburbs surrounding Hull, including Anlaby and Hessle.

The following pdf booklet gives details of the types of properties that we own and in which locations. If you decide to apply for council accommodation you should check that we have the type of accommodation that you want and in the area that you want to live:

What and Where? A Guide to Social Rented Housing in the East Riding (pdf 759kb opens in new window)

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How do I apply for a council house/home? 

To apply for housing you need to complete a housing application form and area list (although you may want to check whether you are eligible first). You can download and print the forms from the following pdf documents.

Housing Application Form (pdf 170kb opens in new window)

Housing Application Area List (pdf 545kb opens in new window)

You must complete and return both forms. They can be handed in at any Customer Service Centre or return them to:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Housing Services
County Hall 
Beverley
HU17 9BA

You can also obtain a form by e-mailing your request to  housing.services@eastriding.gov.uk or by telephoning (01482) 396301.

You will need to provide us with proof of your identity and that you are eligible to live in the UK.  We will also need proof of any income, savings and assets (such as equity in your home if you are a homeowner).

You will receive a written response confirming whether the application has been accepted or not, and confirming which group your application is held in, in accordance with our allocation policy.

When you are registered on the waiting list you will be sent a renewal form every year on the anniversary of your application, to ensure that your details are up-to-date. As the length of time that you are in a band is an important factor in determining who a property is allocated to, it is very important to return your renewal form promptly. If you do not complete and return the renewal form by the given date your application will be cancelled and when you next apply, your waiting time will start from scratch. 

If you move home, or your circumstances change e.g. you have a baby, and you wish to remain on the waiting list you must complete a change of circumstances form.  You can download and print the forms from the following pdf documents.

Change of Circumstances Form (pdf 170kb opens in new window)

Housing Application Area List (pdf 545kb opens in new window)

You only need to complete the Area List if you wish to change the areas that you wish to be considered for. The forms can be handed in at any Customer Service Centre or return them to:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Housing Services
County Hall
Beverley
HU17 9BA

You can also obtain a form by e-mailing your request to  housing.services@eastriding.gov.uk or by telephoning (01482) 396301.

When a property is available for you, you will be contacted by telephone or letter, and given the chance to visit the property before deciding whether to accept it or not. If you accept the tenancy, you will be given a tenancy start date and arrangements will be made for you to sign your tenancy agreement. If you refuse the property, you may receive two further offers of accommodation, but if you refuse all three, no further offers will be made for a period of 12 months.

 

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How long will I have to wait to get a council home?

Many applicants ask how long it will take to obtain a council property – this unfortunately is impossible to predict, as we don’t know how many properties are going to become vacant, and people are constantly joining and leaving the waiting list. Probably the most helpful information we can give you is about the allocation of each property type within the last calendar month (it is also divided by area), so that you can see how long the applicant who was allocated the property had been in their waiting list band and which band they were in.

The following PDF gives our latest property allocation information:

Council Home Allocation Information (pdf 91kb opens in new window)

If after looking at this information you believe that you had been in a higher waiting list band or had been in the same band as the new tenant but for longer, please contact us to review your application.

Email:  housing.services@eastriding.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 396301

We will contact you by email, telephone or letter as soon as a property is available for you, so please ensure that we have your up-to-date contact information, so that you do not miss out.

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Am I eligible for the Right to Move Scheme?

The Right to Move Scheme aims to increase mobility for social tenants (council and housing association) who need to move nearer to their employment or to take up an offer of employment, and would suffer hardship if they were not able to move.  To be eligible you must:-

  • be a council or housing association tenant
  • not have a local connection to the East Riding of Yorkshire
  • have either employment in the East Riding or an offer of employment
  • at risk of suffering hardship if you were not able to move.


The scheme is run on a quota basis, and we will have approximately 8 properties a year available to be let under this scheme.  Qualifying households will receive one reasonable offer.


For more information please contact us:

Email:  housing.services@eastriding.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 396301

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Do you have any sheltered or extra care housing? 

Sheltered council housing allows tenants to live independently, whilst having the added security of knowing that someone is available to help in an emergency 24 hours a day. There are sheltered schemes throughout the East Riding offering differing services and with different facilities. Some schemes have resident wardens who are available on site during the working day. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by using the two-way internal intercom system in all sheltered properties. Residents of sheltered schemes may still need the help and support of friends and relatives, each warden has responsibility for a number of residents and cannot replace this vital support.  For more information visit our sheltered housingpage or telephone (01482) 396301.

We are currently building our first extra care housing scheme, in Beverley.

Rita Hunt Court, Burden Road, Beverley

Rita Hunt Court enables people with housing and care needs to live as independently as possible by the provision of on-site care and support.

Facilities

The apartments include wet rooms and well-equipped kitchens, they all have a small balcony or terrace, and are built to a high energy-saving specification.  There are also communal facilities to enable tenants to socialise or join-in group activities, as well as assisted bathrooms, a laundry, hobby rooms and outdoor spaces.  Care will be provided by a dedicated care provider 24 hours a day.

How to apply

Applicants for the scheme must be eligible to join our housing waiting listand have been placed in bands 1 to 7.  They should preferably be at least sixty years of age without children living with them (unless that child is an older person) and can demonstrate the need for a care service by requiring assistance with daily living tasks or personal care (as assessed by our Adult Services Section).  They must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a positive attitude towards retaining or regaining their independence

  • Have a combination of housing, care and support needs due to a range of difficulties or disabilities as identified by an Adult Services assessment

  • Are awaiting discharge from a residential or nursing home, hospital or other care settingas identified by an Adult Services assessment

  • Be an older carer with son, daughter or dependent with a learning/physical disability who requires care and support as identified by an Adult Services assessment.

Couples are eligible to apply where one or both applicants meet the criteria.

If you are interested in applying for Rita Hunt Court you must be on our housing waiting list (or can complete the housing application form below) you will also need to complete an Extra Care Housing Application Form.  You can download and print the forms below, or you can obtain them from any Customer Service Centre or by telephoning (01482) 396301:

Council Housing Application Form (pdf 170kb opens in new window)

Council Housing Application Area List (pdf 545kb opens in new window)

Extra Care Housing Application Form (pdf 73kb opens in new window)

The forms can be returned to any Customer Service Centre or sent to:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Housing Services
County Hall
Beverley
HU17 9BA

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Do you currently have any properties available to rent?

We allocate our properties using our housing waiting listand in accordance with our council housing allocations policy.  When an applicant is at the top of the list for a current vacancy we will contact them direct. 

We sometimes have properties available for let and have no one on our waiting list for them - when that happens we advertise them here.

There are no current vacancies

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How long will my council tenancy last?

The length of your council tenancy depends on the type of tenancy you are offered.  The type of tenancy offered is determined by our Council Housing Tenancy Policy.

Secure Lifetime Tenancy

Secure Lifetime tenancies are offered to all new tenants aged 60 or over on the date that their tenancy starts.  If you have a joint tenancy only one party must be 60 or over. 

Exceptions to this apply where:

  • you are offered a family house because there is a child aged under 16 in your household (in which case you will be offered a flexible secure tenancy), or
  • you have a financial interest in another permanent residence (in which case you will be offered a five year flexible secure tenancy until such time as the property is sold). 

 Flexible Secure Tenancy

All other applicants will be offered a flexible secure tenancy, the length of which is determined by your circumstances.

  • Five year flexible secure tenancies will be offered to applicants under 60 years of age who don't have children residing with them, or who have children residing with them that are aged 16 or over on the date the tenancy starts.
  • Where a household has one or more children under the age of 16 on the date the tenancy commences, they will be offered a flexible secure tenancy for a minimum of five years and a maximum of 21 years, depending on the age of the youngest child in the household. For example, if the youngest child is aged 10 on the date the tenancy starts the tenancy will be for 11 years. 
  • Where the applicant is pregnant or the youngest child is under the age of one (and there are no other children in the household) the tenancy offered will be for 21 years.

For the purposes of the policy a child must be part of the household being rehoused and should be living within the tenants family on a permanent basis.

There is a right of appeal if you believe that the length of the tenancy offered is not in accordance with our Council Housing Tenancy Policy.

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Can I get help with the rent for a council home?

Our benefits section deal with claims for housing benefitfrom our tenants. You may be able to claim housing benefit if you are the tenant of one of our properties, you live in the dwelling and you are on a low income. You can apply for housing benefit online (open in new window)or visit one of our customer service centres. Please take original evidence with you.

In order to process a new claim the benefits team will need proof for you, and your partner, of your identities, national insurance numbers, income, capital and savings; along with proof of income for any other adults in your home.

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Why do I need to renew my application for a council home?

When you are on the waiting list you will be sent a renewal form every year on the anniversary of your application, to ensure that your details are up-to-date, and that your housing circumstances have not changed. As the length of time that you have been in your band on the waiting list is an important factor in determining who a property is allocated to, it is very important to return your renewal form promptly.

If you do not complete and return the renewal form by the given date your application will be cancelled, and when you next apply, your waiting time will start from scratch.

If you move home, or your circumstances change e.g. you have a baby, and you wish to remain on the waiting list you must complete a change of circumstances form.  You can download and print the forms from the following pdf documents.

Change of Circumstances Form (pdf 170kb opens in new window)

Housing Application Area List (pdf 545kb opens in new window)

You only need to complete the Area List if you wish to change the areas that you wish to be considered for. The forms can be handed in at any Customer Service Centre or return them to:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Housing Services
County Hall
Beverley
HU17 9BA

You can also obtain a form by e-mailing your request to  housing.services@eastriding.gov.uk or by telephoning (01482) 396301.

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How do I get a medical priority for council housing?

To apply for housing you need to complete a housing application form and area list. You can download and print the forms from the following pdf documents.

Housing Application Form (pdf 170kb opens in new window)

Housing Application Area List (pdf 545kb opens in new window)

You must complete and return both forms. They can be handed in at any Customer Service Centre or return them to:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Housing Services
County Hall 
Beverley
HU17 9BA

You can also obtain a form by e-mailing your request to  housing.services@eastriding.gov.uk or by telephoning (01482) 396301.

If you need to move on medical grounds, you may be eligible to apply for a medical priority.  We will look at your housing application and if you are eligible to apply for a medical priority we will send you an application form.  These applications are assessed by a health authority doctor, who can grant a priority for a type of accommodation, e.g. ground floor accommodation. They cannot specify the area or proximity to facilities. 

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What is the council's Local Lettings Policy?

Some of our properties which have been built in rural villages since 2010 are subject to a local lettings policy - in some cases this was a condition of obtaining planning permission. This basically means that priority is given to applicants who have a strong local connection with the villages where the properties are located.  

In accordance with our allocations policy, such properties will be offered to the applicant in the highest priority band who has been waiting in that band the longest, but only where they meet the definition of local connection. If no one meets the criteria in that band then applicants in the next band will be considered, and so on.

You will have a local connection with a village if you: 

  • are normally resident in permanent accommodation in the village where the vacancy is and have been so for at least six out of the last twelve months or three out of the last five years. Holiday or other temporary accommodation (e.g. hospital or student housing) is not to be regarded as normally resident unless you can demonstrate that this has been your sole or main home for a period of at least five years; or
  • have secure employment in the village where the vacancy is. Secure employment means that you, or an adult member of your household, have permanent employment for at least one year’s duration and at least 20 hours a week. Where this employment has been for less than one year at the time of application a letter from the employer is required to confirm that the employment is permanent; or
  • have family association with the village where the vacancy is. This is defined as your parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, a brother or sister who currently live in the village and have done so for at least five years. In exceptional circumstances and where support is required family association may be extended to include in-laws, step children and adoptive relatives.

 

If there are no applicants in any of the priority bands that meet the local connection criteria for the village where the vacancy is, then applicants will be considered in band order from applicants who live in the surrounding villages listed in the table below. 

Should no one meet the local connection criteria from these villages then applicants will be considered from the wider waiting list.

Barmby on the Marsh - Oakfield Avenue 

1st Priority:

Barmby on the Marsh 

2nd Priority:

Asselby, Brind, Newsholme, Knedlington, Wressle 

Burstwick - Station Road 

1st Priority:

Burstwick  

2nd Priority:

Burton Pidsea, Camerton, Danthorpe, Elstronwick, Halsham, Keyingham, Lelley, Preston, Ryehill, Salt End, Sproatley, Thorngumbald  

Holme on Spalding Moor - Port Royal

1st Priority:

Holme on Spalding Moor Bursea

2nd Priority:

Eastrington, Everingham, Everthorpe, Foggathorpe, Gilberdyke, Gribthorpe, Harlthorpe, Harswell, Hive, Hotham, Laytham, Newport, North Cliffe, Portington, Sandholme, Seaton Ross, Shiptonthorpe, South Cliffe, Spaldington  

Keyingham - School Lane

1st Priority:

Keyingham

2nd Priority:

Burstwick, Camerton, Halsham, Ottringham, Paull, Ryehill, Thorngumbald

Sancton - Goldie Hill 

1st Priority:

Sancton

2nd Priority:

Cherry Burton, Gardham, North Cliffe, North Newbald, South Cliffe, South Newbald  

Skirlaugh - Hillfield

1st Priority:

Skirlaugh

2nd Priority:

Arnold, Long Riston, Old Ellerby, Oubrough, Rise, Swine  

Thorngumbald

1st Priority:

Thorngumbald
Camerton
Ryehill  

2nd Priority:

Burstwick, Keyingham, Paull  

If you have any queries with regard to this policy please contact your Area Housing Office on (01482) 396301.

 

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