If the council believes that you, or any member of your household, have been involved in behaviour that is serious enough to make you unsuitable to be a council tenant, they can take away any priority you have been given. This includes any ‘reasonable preference’ you have been given for the reasons outlined above. The most common reasons why this might happen are if:
- someone in your household has been involved in anti-social behaviour, or
- you have a history of serious rent arrears.
When it makes a decision about this, the council will use the same criteria as it uses when assessing whether or not you are eligible. If the council decides that your priority should be taken away, they should write and tell you. If you get a letter about taking away your priority then you should get advice. An adviser can look into your situation and may be able to help you show the council that what happened was not your fault, or was outside of your control.
If you have previously had your priority taken away but your circumstances have now changed (for example, you have cleared your rent arrears, or, the person who was involved in anti-social behaviour has now left), then you can ask to make a fresh application.