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Organisations decide who gets offered housing based on a 'points' or 'banding' system – usually according to their allocations policy.
Points and bands are based on housing need. For example, you're likely to be offered housing first if you:
live in overcrowded conditions
have a medical condition made worse by your current home
You might have to join a waiting list and you're not guaranteed to get a property. Ask your potential housing provider how long you're likely to wait.
Applying through a common housing register
Instead of filling in separate applications for each landlord in a specific area, applicants fill in one form and join one common housing list that a number of social landlords use to allocate their housing.
The size and scope of common house registers vary throughout Scotland but typically they share 3 main components:
a single application form for all applicants
a single database for all applicants seeking housing
a joined up approach to providing housing information and advice
Ask the council's housing department if there's a common housing register for your area. This may be provided by the council or a housing association.