Social housing involves the rental of property owned by the local council or a voluntary housing association. It has traditionally been known as ‘Dublin Corporation housing’.
Many of the social apartments for rent in Docklands will be newly-built and managed by voluntary housing associations. Rental costs will tend to be similar to Dublin City Council rents. However, there will also be a service charge payable by tenants. The actual costs vary, but they tend to be €12-18/week depending on the particular scheme and size of property involved.
Social apartments in Docklands are allocated to people on Dublin City Council’s housing lists (social waiting list, transfer and homeless lists) based on housing need. So, those people on higher points will be offered accommodation first, subject to a few conditions including the matching of households to accommodation available, and estate management checks for anti-social behaviour.
Applicants’ housing need is assessed in accordance with the ‘Scheme of Letting Priorities’ published by Dublin City Council, and includes the following criteria:
1. Household income limits
2. Suitability of present accommodation including size, facilities and number of residents (involves a visit to current accommodation by the Council)
3. Personal circumstances including age or illness
4. Time already on the housing list
Points awarded to each applicant, following the above assessment, are used to determine the applicant’s housing need and their priority on housing waiting lists.
The Docklands Authority has no involvement in the assessment of applicants for social housing, or the management of housing lists. This is the sole responsibility of Dublin City Council. The Docklands Authority is, however, committed to sustaining Docklands communities, in which housing plays a major role. Liaising with Dublin City Council and the Voluntary Housing Associations, the Authority works to ensure that when two households of equal housing need are being considered, and one of them is from Docklands, Docklanders should receive preference.
People interested in applying for Social Housing should apply to:
Dublin City Council
Social Housing Department
Tel: 01 2222222