A new Choice Based Letting website is set to be launched by Louth County Council – allowing those on the social housing list to browse and express an interest in any available property across the county.
Coming into effect in May, the local authority will become of one the first county councils in the country to use the system. It is currently in use by South Dublin County Council, Cork County Council and Cork City Council.
In a change to the current system where Choice Based Letting properties are advertised in local press, all properties will now be available to view weekly on a new website – cbl.louthcoco.ie. The council will soon be in touch with all social housing applicants to notify them of the new procedure and explain how it works, including login details.
Each week – every Tuesday morning – newly available properties for that week will be added and available to view Properties will remain online until midnight the following Monday. Applicants can express their interest in a suitable properties, based on the housing needs already specfied and their preferred location.
Louth County Council will not published all available properties on the new system. Houses specially adapted for medical, disability or elderly needs will be dealt with directly between the local authority and those in need, as will applications regarding homelessness.
The Choice Based Letting scheme is currently used for some but not all of the social housing allocations in Ardee and around Louth but now all social housing allocations will go through this new online system.
Last week, the council confirmed that all of 107 new houses built built at Castle Guard in Ardee will be social housing, available through the CBL.
Ardee Municipal District cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue welcomed the news last week and said that anyone with any questions about the new system can contact Louth County Council on 1890 202303 or her directly on 087 951 2788.