Sig­nif­i­cant rise in num­bers us­ing on­line hous­ing sys­tem

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Seán O’Rior­dan

There has been a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of coun­cil hous­ing ap­pli­cants now us­ing an on­line sys­tem which ad­ver­tises lo­cal author­ity prop­er­ties which are up for rent.

Lat­est fig­ures re­leased by Cork County Coun­cil show that in the South Cork Di­vi­sion 2,806 peo­ple have logged onto Choice-Based Let­ting (CBL) of the 3,544 on the ap­proved hous­ing wait­ing list. This rep­re­sents an 80% take-up.

The fig­ures for the North­ern Di­vi­sion is 72% with 1,248 logged on com­pared to the 1,747 eli­gi­ble to do so.

The low­est fig­ure, 68%, is found in the West­ern Di­vi­sion where 1,218 of 1,792 are logged onto CBL.

The coun­cil’s direc­tor of hous­ing, Mau­rice Man­ning, said he and his staff were en­cour­aged by the in­crease in up­take, but were urg­ing even more peo­ple to log-on.

Some coun­cil­lors be­lieve that the rea­son why West and North Cork ar­eas have the poorer per­cent­age fig­ures is due to the lack of broad­band. They also be­lieve that a lot of el­derly ap­pli­cants may be com­puter il­lit­er­ate.

The coun­cil has re­ceived more than 390,000 views on re­fur­bished prop­er­ties it seeks new ten­ants for.

It has put 435 prop­er­ties up on line and found new ten­ants for them all.

Mr Man­ning said that there had been 26 re­fusals by suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants who de­cided for one rea­son or an­other to back out af­ter be­ing of­fered a par­tic­u­lar house.

The coun­ty­wide av­er­age re­fusals stood at an av­er­age of 2% he said, but it was high­est in North Cork where it was 5%.

Mr Man­ning told a meet­ing of coun­cil­lors rep­re­sent­ing the North­ern Di­vi­sion that 175 prop­er­ties had been ad­ver­tised in that re­gion through CBL.

The high­est num­ber of ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est were at 47 Clon­more, Mal­low with 180. In joint sec­ond place were prop­er­ties at 55 Wood­land Drive, Col­lege Road, Mal­low and 31 Heather­way, For­est Glen, Fer­moy at 133 each.

Next was 10 The Green, Dun Eala, Fer­moy with 128 and 4 Baile Ard in the same town on 118.

The fewest ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est, at eight, were for a house at 12 Cuain Alainn in Bal­ly­desmond.

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