Significant rise in numbers using online housing system
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.