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One in three rejects social housing offer

ONE-in-three applicants on a Dublin council waiting list for social housing rejected offers of accommodation in the first four months of this year.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council made 151 offers of accommodation up to April, of which 55 were rejected.

In figures released to the Herald under the Freedom of Information Act, one reason given was that the accommodation offered was unsuitable.

Another reason was that applicants wanted two-bedrooms, even though they were assessed as needing only one.

Figures for last year show that 240 offers of accommodation were accepted, 174 were rejected.

At present, there are 3,553 households on the waiting list for local authority housing in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown local authority area.

Since 2011, applicants can refuse accommodation four times before they are suspended from the list.

Figures released by Dublin City Council show that, in the first four months of this year, it made 498 offers. Some 416 were accepted, and 80 were rejected.



Of those rejected, 45 applicants stated that the accommodation offered to them was not suitable, 17 said the accommodation offered was "too small/high", seven said the housing was "not the preferred area of choice" and four refused because they wanted a house, not a flat.

Dublin City Council has 19,986 people on its list. Last year, the city council made 1,398 offers, of which 1,138 were accepted and 266 were rejected.

The council said: "Applicants who refuse two reasonable offers of accommodation may have their application suspended for up to a year."

Fingal County Council told the Herald that it has made 162 offers of social housing support from the beginning of this year to the end of April.

It said that 129 applicant were housed during this time.

Its figures for last year show that "722 offers of social housing support" were made, and 557 applicants were housed.

However, there were 165 refusals, and the reasons varied "on a case by case basis".There are 9,973 approved applicants on the list for social housing support in the Fingal area.