Thursday 23 March 2017

Jobless man in court bid over house list refusal

Tim Healy

AN unemployed man has brought a legal challenge to a local authority's refusal to put him on its housing list because he does not have a formal separation agreement with his estranged wife.

The man, who left the family home more than six years ago, claims Dublin City Council is not entitled to refuse to put him on the list as he can no longer afford to live where he is and he has nowhere else to go.

He wants a declaration that he is entitled to be on the list.

The court heard that the man had left the family home in 2004, following the break-up of his marriage.

His wife remained at the family home and her client's name remained on the joint tenancy agreement for the family home.

The man has lost his job and is no longer able to pay for both his own accommodation and toward the family home, the court was told. He is in receipt of welfare, including rent allowance.

He applied to be placed on the council's housing list; however, the council said he did not qualify because there was no formal separation or divorce order with his wife.

Leave to bring the action was granted at the High Court yesterday. The judge made the action returnable to a date in January.

Irish Independent

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