Waterford City & County Council

Waterford Council Starting New Letting Scheme

15 September 2016 Latest News Local News News

Waterford City & County Council are introducing a Choice Based Letting Scheme on a pilot basis for certain council properties in Waterford city and county areas. The pilot Choice Based Lettings Scheme will go live on the Council’s website at 9 a.m. on Friday 16th September. The Council will be seeking expressions of interest from anyone currently on the housing list who may be interested in becoming a tenant of certain properties advertised through the Choice Based Letting Pilot Scheme.

The council properties will be advertised each week from 9 a.m. on Fridays to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and it is only during this time that an expression of interest on a property can be submitted. For the pilot phase the Council will advertise a handful of properties on a weekly basis, or as they become available. If there are no properties available, the website will indicate this. Access to the Choice Based Letting (CBL) system is via the Council Website. You will need to access the system every week to see what properties are available. Expressions of interest can only be submitted online.

Only approved housing and transfer applicants can express interest in the properties advertised and to do this they must have their PPS number and Date of Birth to access the CBL system. If you are denied access to the system and you think that you are an approved housing or transfer applicant, please contact the Housing Department on 0761 10 2020.

You may access the system from your mobile phone or tablet. If you don’t have access to the internet, you are welcome to call into any of the public libraries to use their public computers to access the website. If you are not a library member you will need to bring photographic identification and proof of your address.

Applicants should only submit an expression of interest in a property that they are willing to live in and that suits their approved housing need. Should an applicant refuse an offer of a council property that they expressed an interest in, they will not be entitled to make further expressions of interest on further council properties on the CBL system for a period of one year.

The Mayor of Waterford City & County Council welcomed Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to address a Forum attended by housing stakeholders in Waterford City today Thursday 15th September 2016.

Minister Coveney said

Rebuilding Ireland the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness is all about providing affordable homes for families in the right areas and Waterford is well placed to deliver on the Action Plan. Waterford has been selected as a pilot for the vacant house Repair and Leasing Initiative which is one of the actions in the Plan. This initiative will bring vacant or disused properties back into use and will deliver additional homes for the people who need them.

Mayor of the City & County of Waterford, Cllr Adam Wyse welcomed the focus by Minister Coveney on the delivery of initiatives in Waterford and in particular said

I am delighted to be part of today’s launch of the Choice Based Letting scheme which allows housing applicants engage in a proactive way with Waterford City & County Council and become active participants in the housing allocation process.

Chief Executive of Waterford City & County Council, Michael Walsh said that

Waterford plans to advance on all aspects of the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness and is proud to be at the forefront of the delivery of new initiatives which will only serve to deliver homes to people through working with all housing stakeholders; the Local Authority, Approved Housing Bodies, the private sector and at a preventative level in terms of homelessness.

The forum was attended by a large group of stakeholders representing the Local Authority sector, Approved Housing Bodies, representatives of the private housing sector and organisation involved in the delivery of housing and support services for people experiencing homelessness.

The Council will be seeking expressions of interest from anyone currently on the housing list who may be interested in becoming a tenant of certain properties advertised through the Choice Based Letting Pilot Scheme. Details of the Choice Based Letting scheme are available Here.

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