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Housing Allocations Section deals with the provision of housing to people who have been assessed under the Council’s Allocation Scheme and are deemed eligible for social housing support. Eligible applicants are placed on the Council’s Housing List in order of date of application and progress on a ‘Time on List’ basis.  Social Housing support means Council owned, RAS, Leased and Voluntary Housing Association dwellings.

How to Apply For Council Housing

A fully completed application form and relevant documentation (see below) must be submitted. Your application will be assessed and it may be necessary for an appointment to be made for an interview with housing staff.

Am I eligible for Council Housing?
Criteria for eligibility for Council 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:-

Housing Areas
You may apply to one Local Authority only. If you are applying to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council 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 the housing authorities chosen. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will manage your application.  Changes of areas of choice may be made once in any twelve month period by completing 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?
Should 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 list.  You will not be on the Council’s Housing List for the suspension period and will not have access to Choice Based Letting or 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 change in your application must be notified to the Council.

Transfer Application Form

Transfer Application Form - Overcrowding

Transfer Application Form - Medical Grounds

Transfer Application Form - Downsizing

Application Form for Transfer of Tenancy

FAQS

Criteria for eligibility for Council 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

Persons applying for HAP must be a qualified housing applicant(s) before they can apply. For more information on applying for social housing please click here.

You may apply to one Local Authority only. If you are applying to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council 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 the housing authorities chosen. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will manage your application.  Changes of areas of choice may be made once in any twelve month period by completing Area Of Choice Form.

It is Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s policy is to provide traveller specific accommodation for the county’s indigenous Travelling Community.  If you wish to apply for Traveller Specific Accommodation, you can contact the Traveller Accommodation unit at 01 2054848 or email travellers@dlrcoco.ie.

Contact the HAP section on 01 2054399 or email hap@dlrcoco.ie.

If you are eligible as an approved housing applicant, you must find your own private rented accommodation (within specific rent caps). The landlord will be paid directly and the tenant will pay a rent to the local authority based on the differential rent scheme. The rent will be based on your weekly household income and works in the same way as the differential rents charged for local authority houses.

Unfortunately this cannot be determined.  There is a long list of applicants awaiting social housing support.

For details of the rent caps for the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) please contact 01 2054399.

The dlr Traveller Interagency Steering Group is set up to co-ordinate services by all agencies that provide services to the Traveller Community. It is representative of manages in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdwon County Council, Housing Service Executive, Garda, Department of Education, Department of Social Protection, VEC and County Development Board.

Notify the Traveller Accommodation Unit at 01 2054838 or email travellers@dlrcoco.ie

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council does not have the remit to remove illegal encampments from private property.  Illegal encampments on private property are a matter for the landowner.

Tenants of Grouped housing and Halting site bays may contact the Traveller Accommodation Unit at 01 2054838 or email travellers@dlrcoco.ie.  Tenants are advised to consult their Tenant Handbook prior to contacting the Traveller Accommodation Unit.

The Traveller Accommodation Unit works in conjunction with the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee representative of County Councillors, Travellers and Traveller Representatives as required under the Housing (Traveller) Accommodation Act 1998. This Committee advise the Council on all matters relating to travellers and in particular their housing needs.

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