Cllr Paul McAuliffe has welcomed a new scheme from Dublin City Council which aims to reduce the number of board-up council homes in the Finglas South area.
“These empty homes can often lead to antisocial behaviour and bring down the look the area. In the past many of them have been empty for months while work is being done to allow them be re-let to new council tenants. Even when they are ready, there can be a long process to find a tenant who wishes to take a lease” said Cllr McAuliffe. It can be very frustrating for local people who would gladly take a lease but who may not have the required points”
The new Choice Based Lettings Scheme which will come into operation on 01 November will be introduced on a pilot basis in two areas in the city – Finglas South and Darndale. At present, when vacancies arise in these areas the allocations process can sometimes be very lengthy. Long term vacant properties are easy to identify and pose a higher risk of being vandalised and, in some cases, can put adjacent houses and families at risk to the same vandals. There is also a loss of revenue to the Council. Under the new scheme vacancies that come about in these areas will be advertised in the media and people can register their interest in them with the Council. It is hoped that this will lead to a quicker turn around in vacant properties. This pilot scheme will run for six months and may be extended to other areas if it proves to be successful.