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How to Apply For Council Housing

Housing Allocations

Our section provides housing to people who have been assessed under our Allocation Scheme and are eligible for social housing support. If you are assessed as eligible you will be placed on our Housing Waiting List in order of date of application. This list will progress on a ‘Time on List’ basis.  Social Housing Support means Council owned, RAS, Leased and Voluntary Housing Association homes.

 

Applying for a home with us

You must submit a fully completed application form and relevant documentation. Your application will be assessed and if necessary, an appointment will be made for an interview with our staff.

Eligibility criteria for our housing
The criteria are included in our Housing Allocation Scheme and include the following: 

• Need
• Right to live in Ireland
• Age
• Income

Please see our FAQ section below for more details.

Housing Areas
You may apply to one local authority only. If you are applying to us you can choose up to three housing areas in the Dublin region, at least one of which must be in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Your other two areas may be in Dublin City, South Dublin County or Fingal County. If you opt for an area in any other county, we will forward your information to that local authority. We will manage your application.  You can make changes to your areas of choice once in any twelve-month period by completing an Area of Choice Form.

How long will it take before I get offered housing?
Unfortunately this cannot be determined.  There is a long list of applicants awaiting social housing support.

What happens if I refuse an offer of housing?
If you refuse two offers of housing within a twelve-month period your application will be suspended for twelve months. Your application will be re-activated after this period. However, this suspension will not count as time on the Housing Waiting List.  You will not be on the Council’s Housing Waiting List for the suspension period and will not have access to Choice Based Letting or be eligible for any social housing support. Your entitlement to Supplementary Rent Allowance may also be affected.

How can I change information on my application?
Any changes in your application must be notified to us. 

As of the 17th May 2021 there are 4,207 households on our Housing Waiting List. In 2020, the figure was 4,161 and in 2019 it was 4,427. 

Housing Options

 

The Housing Agency has produced updated information on Housing Options available through local authorities and are available here:-

FAQS

Criteria for eligibility for social housing are included in the Council's Allocation Scheme. 

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Need-You must be in genuine need of housing and be unable to provide accommodation from your own resources
  • Right to live in Ireland-You must have a legal right to remain in the State on a long term basis
  • Age-You must be 18 years of age or older
  • Income – your net income must be below the thresholds below:-
  • Single Adult: €35,000
  • 2 Adults No Children: €36,750
  • 1 Adult & 1 Child: €35,875
  • 1 Adult & 2 Children: €36,750
  • 2 Adults & 1 Child: €37,625
  • 2 Adults & 2 Children: €38,500
  • 2 Adults & 3 Children: €39,375
  • 2 Adults & 4 or more Children: €40,250
  • 3 Adults & 4 or more Children: €42,000

You may apply to one Local Authority only. If you are applying to us you can choose up to three housing areas in the Dublin region, at least one of which must be in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Your other two areas may be in Dublin City, South Dublin County or Fingal County. If you opt for an area in any other county, we will forward your information to that local authority. We will manage your application.  You can make changes to your areas of choice once in any twelve-month period by completing Area of Choice Form.

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