Finglas and Darndale to Pilot Scheme for Choice Based Housing Lettings

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Dublin City Council announces details of a new Choice Based Lettings Scheme which will come into operation 01 November 2011 as part of its current Housing Allocation Scheme.

Choice Based Lettings will be introduced on a pilot basis in two areas in the city - Finglas South and Darndale.  At present, when vacancies arise in these areas the allocations process can sometimes be very lengthy.  Long term vacant properties are easy to identify and pose a higher risk of being vandalised and, in some cases, can put adjacent houses and families at risk to the same vandals.  There is also a loss of revenue to the Council.

Under the new scheme vacancies that come about in these areas will be advertised in the media and people can register their interest in them with the Council.  It is hoped that this will lead to a quicker turn around in vacant properties. This pilot scheme will run for six months and may be extended to other areas if it proves to be successful.

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For more information

 

Dublin City Council Press Office T. (01) 222 2107

Monica Murphy, Senior Executive Officer, Housing and Residential Services, 222 2589

 

Notes to the Editor

 

 

Choice Based Lettings is a method of housing allocation widely used in the United Kingdom and is has proved particularly successful with units that difficult to let.

 

 

Procedure

Properties that are considered hard to let and that become available for re-letting in the Finglas South and Darndale Pilot Areas will be advertised in:

  • The Local Area Office
  • The local library
  • The Civic Offices, Wood Quay
  • Local newspapers
  • The Dublin City Council website www.dublincity.ie
  • Dublin.ie website.

Expressions of interest will be invited and applicants will register their interest with the Area Housing Manager in the relevant Local Area Office, by letter, or email or by calling into the local area office.

There will be a closing date before which applicants must register their interest.

If a number of applicants express an interest in a property the final offer will be made to the applicant with the highest list position for that particular type of property (longest on list, highest points and most suitable family size).

All offers of accommodation will be subject to the usual estate management checks.

In the case of transfer applicants, only tenants with a clear rent account will be considered.

In the unlikely event that an applicant who has expressed an interest in a property, subsequently refuses an offer, this will be considered a refusal in accordance with the Scheme of Letting Priorities.

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