100 people bid for every county council house that comes available

100 people bid for every county council house that comes available
A section of the houses at the Cork County Council social housing development at Kilnagleary in Carrigaline. Picture: David Keane.

THERE are almost 100 applicants competing for each social house that becomes available in Cork county, new figures reveal.

The scramble for social housing from people stuck on long waiting lists has been revealed in new figures from County Hall.

Social housing applicants view homes on the council's Choice Based Letting scheme, an online system that allows approved applicant to bid on a council house when it becomes available. 

Of the 691 properties posted on the system, a total of 494,684 views were registered and 76,620 expressions of interest.

Each property had an average of 628 views and 97 expressions of interest.

Across the county, there have been 54 refusals since July, which is an 8% refusal rate.

The figures also showed that of the 7,628 users logged on the CBL system, 1,980 or 26% have yet to log on to the online system, which is the only way to express an interest in a property.

Interior picture of the new social housing at Cuan Barra in Ballingheary. Picture: Richard Coleman
Interior picture of the new social housing at Cuan Barra in Ballingheary. Picture: Richard Coleman

A Midleton property in Ballinacurra logged the most amount of views, racking up 1,472 online clicks and 346 expressions of interest.

Another 1296 views were gathered by a home in Cul Ard, Carrigtwohill with 328 bids for the house from the 2,965 active CBL users in the South of Cork.

Another Midleton house in Tir Cluain generated 1127 views and had 226 people expressing an interest in living there.

Independent Youghal Councillor Mary Linehan Foley said she is aware of people bidding on houses that are six, seven, eight, nine, ten years on a list.

“They are waiting and waiting,” Ms Linehan Foley said, “You do have to question sometimes the CBL, and while I do welcome the CBL because it has brought down the rate of refusals, you see the stats on that, they are not as high as they used to be, we are certainly not meeting the demand.” Despite the high numbers vying for the social houses, Ms Linehan Foley said that some people are only on the list in order to avail of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP).

“You have to be approved for social housing before you are approved for HAP. Some of them have no interest in getting a social house, they are on HAP and they want to stay in long term renting. They are quite happy to stay where they are and to stay put.” Ms Linehan Foley also said that there are a portion of people who are missing out due to their lack of understanding of the CBL system and the internet.

“You do have people who are not savvy with the internet, but a lot of people are quite happy in HAP houses and happy to stay there.”

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