The 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 i.e. the next applicant on the list is allocated the next available house. An Application Form for Social Housing along with supported documentation must be submitted. 

 

Social Housing Support includes all of the options listed below.

  • Rented Local Authority Housing
  • Housing Assistance Payment
  • Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS)
  • Leased Unit
  • Voluntary/Co-operative Housing
  • A site for a Private House
  • Traveller Specific Accommodation
  • Transfer from existing Local Authority Accommodation
  • Extension to an existing Local Authority House to meet accommodation needs

For further information please use our online enquiry form below for the area you are in:

 

Divisional Operations South Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel 021 4285501, 4285215, 4285332, 4285327, 4285265 or use our  Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations North Cork, Housing Dept, Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Tel 022 21123 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations West Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Tel:023 8833328 or use our Online Enquiry Form

You qualify for social housing if you:

  • Are in genuine need of housing and are unable to provide accommodation from your own resources
  • Have a legal right to remain in the State on a long-term basis
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have a net income that is below the thresholds listed

 

What are the maximum income limits for County Cork?

Income is based on the income of all household members. Households must have a net annual income of less than €30,000. Net income is gross pay and or other income less statutory deductions. So for example, if one member of the household is working and others are on social welfare, all such income will be taken into account for the means test. The €30,000 limit can be increased by a further €1,500 per additional household member/earner up to a maximum of €3,000 and an additional €750 per dependent child up to a maximum of €3,000. See following examples:

 

Household Type Income limit
One Person Household with no children €30,000
Two Person Household with no children €31,500
Three Person Household €33,000
One Person Household with 1 child €30,750
Two Person Household with 3 children €33,750
Two Person Household with 4 children €34,500
Three Person Household with 4 children €36,000


More information on means testing and eligibility can be found on Application Form for Social Housing under section C9.

Divisional Operations South Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel 021 4285501, 4285215, 4285332, 4285327, 4285265 or use our  Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations North Cork, Housing Dept, Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Tel 022 21123 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations West Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Tel 023 8833328 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Cork County Council has introduced a process called the Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process (MARP) to help support borrowers who are in difficulty with their mortgage payments.

If you are currently in arrears, or at risk of going into arrears, please contact us on 021-4285262. We have a dedicated Mortgage Arrears Team who will discuss your individual situation and explore various options with you, with a view to arranging an alternative payment option that is suitable to both you and Cork County Council.  A Borrowers Information Booklet is available.

For us to help you, we will need to get up to date income and expenditure figures. You will need to complete a form called a Standard Financial Statement. This is basically a record of all income to the household (social welfare, employment, etc) and outgoings (food, mortgage, loans, insurance, etc). You will need to complete this form fully and send it in accompanied by relevant documentation; such as 3 most recent pay slips, 3 most recent social welfare slips or a recent social welfare statement, 6 months most recent bank statements for each bank account, 6 months statements in relation to each credit card held and statements in respect any other loans you may have, etc.  The Central Bank has issued a guide to completing the Standard Financial Statement which is available below.  

Once your Standard Financial Statement is completed in full and submitted along with supporting documentation, you should send it to: Housing Loans Collections, Finance Department, Floor 5 Extension, County Hall, Cork. Following an assessment of what you have submitted, you will be contacted by a member of the Mortgage Arrears Team from our Housing Loans Collection Section to discuss your situation and Housing Loan in more detail.  If you require other information regarding your monthly mortgage repayment, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 021-4285262

While we cannot write off loans, part of a loan or arrears, we will work with you to try to come to an alternative repayment arrangement appropriate to your individual circumstances.

It should be stressed that you, the named borrower(s) on your housing loan, remains responsible for paying the loan at all times.

There are various methods of paying your Housing Loan with Cork County Council including standing order, payment by card over the phone (021-4285262), by cheque, or by cash at the cash office in the County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Our preferred method of payment is by standing orderNote you must reference your Housing Loan Account Number on all payments to Cork County Council.  

Cork County Council as your lender is actively working with you to help support you in managing your mortgage arrears.

Useful Links

Borrowers Information Booklet

Standard Financial Statement

Central Bank, Guide to Completing a Standard Financial Statement

Standing Order Form

Money Advice & Budgeting Service

Insolvency Service of Ireland

Keeping Your Home

 

Contact Us: Housing Loans Collections, Finance Department, Floor 5 Extension, County Hall, Cork. Tel 021 4285262

Tenants of the Council, including tenants of dwellings provided under the Social Housing Leasing Initiative, RAS, HAP, or by AHB’s may apply for consideration for a transfer to other dwellings, under the following circumstances:

  • Overcrowding
  • Where older persons and other households wish to move to smaller accommodation (downsizing)
  • Medical or compassionate reasons
  • On grounds of being a victim of Anti-Social Behaviour if proved where the Council’s Estate Management Unit and An Garda Siochana support the transfer application
  • Other exceptional circumstances
  • To facilitate the incremental purchase, where the Council has consented to such a purchase

 

Will Cork County Council always agree to a transfer request?

The Council will facilitate a transfer request if deemed valid and necessary. All transfer requests are dependent on your existing property being in a suitable condition for immediate re-letting and free from any arrears with a satisfactory record of regular payments.


Notwithstanding the above, tenants seeking a transfer must fulfil the following requirements to the satisfaction of the housing authority.

  • Hold tenancy in their present dwelling, for a period of at least two years
  • Clear rent account – any transfer will take account of rent arrears but allowances may be made where an agreement is in place, and being adhered to by the tenant to address any such arrears over an agreed period of time
  • Have kept their dwelling in satisfactory condition, subject to inspection
  • Have complied with the conditions of their Tenancy Agreement and no have no record of Anti-Social Behaviour

 

Priority may be given to a household in receipt of social housing support where the property occupied is no longer available to them through no fault/act of their own, either because the house is not owned by the Council or because the house is no longer available for occupation as a social housing support i.e. rental accommodation availability arrangements, long-term leasing initiatives etc.


Mutual transfer applicants, including transfers between tenants of different housing authorities, voluntary housing developments, leased units etc. shall be considered on their merits.


Applicants who were transferred to RAS prior to the introduction of the Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011, on the 01 April 2011, will be considered for Social Housing as “transfer applicants”. Such transfer applicants will be given credit for their time on the housing waiting list from the date of their approved housing application. Allocations shall be made to such tenants in accordance with the Order of Priorities as set out in Cork County Council’s Allocation Scheme.  


The Refusal Policy, as per Cork County Council’s Allocation Scheme, will also apply to applicants for a Transfer. 
In the case of emergency or exceptional medical/compassionate grounds, the Council may forgo any or all of the above conditions in granting a transfer of tenancy.


Where a tenant is granted a transfer, the tenants involved must accept their new dwellings in its existing condition.  The existing property must be returned to Cork County Council in an acceptable condition and no rubbish or waste materials must be left behind.

 

Divisional Operations South Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel 021 4285501, 4285215, 4285332, 4285327, 4285265 or use our  Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations North Cork, Housing Dept, Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Tel 022 21123 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations West Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Tel 023 8833328 or use our Online Enquiry Form

 

Cork County Council has introduced a new way of letting dwellings to applicants called the Choice Based Letting Scheme (CBL).  It has been live in North Cork since November 2016 and in South and West Cork since March 2017.

This scheme works on the basis that available dwellings are advertised on our dedicated website, www.cbl.corkcoco.ie on a weekly basis where available and applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest on a dwelling in which they are interested.  

Countywide, to date, there have been over 262,512 views of and 34,022 expressions of interest on the system.

It has resulted in refusal rates dropping to 6% with 245 properties accepted of the 246 properties advertised since the system went live.

Choice Based Letting is a way that you can express your interest in renting a suitable council property in your preferred area. Dwellings will be advertised on a weekly basis from 00.00 Wednesday to 23.59 on the following Tuesday. Housing applicants should try and log in every week to check the dwellings that are available that week and those wishing to place an expression of interest, must to do so by 23.59 on Tuesday. A ‘suitable’ property is one that you have chosen to express interest in and that matches your housing needs. 

Please note that only those applicant households that have expressed an interest in a bid dwelling under Choice Based Letting whose household composition suits the property type will be considered initially e.g. if you are approved for a three bedroom unit and bid on a four bedroom unit then you may not be considered. Also, note that you will need to log in every week to check whether you wish to express an interest in the properties advertised in that week. 

You will also receive a weekly text alert to your mobile phone if a property in which you can express an interest is advertised on the Choice Based Letting System. You can also use the tablets provided in your local council offices or the internet facilities in your local library branch.

Please view our Choice Based Letting FAQs for further information or use our online enquiry form below for the area you are in:

Contact Details: Choice Based Letting (CBL),  Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel: 4386635 or use our Online Enquiry Form - North CorkOnline Enquiry Form - South CorkOnline Enquiry Form - West Cork

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The Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme was introduced in January 2017 and replaced all previous Tenant Purchase Schemes.
You must be the tenant of a Local Authority property available for sale and be in receipt of social housing support for a minimum period of 1 year with a minimum reckonable income (income from all sources) of €15,000.


Under the Scheme, a tenant of Cork County Council pays the authority a discounted price related to his or her income in order to purchase the house. On completion of the sale, the authority places an Incremental Purchase Charge on the house of the proportion of its value equal to the discount.

If you earn between €15,000 - €20,000  60% Discount Charged Period 30 years
If you earn between €20,001 - €29,999  50% Discount Charged Period 25 years
If you earn €30,000+  40% Discount Charged Period 20 years

 

The Incremental Purchase Charge will reduce to zero over the charged period in annual incremental releases of 2% provided that the purchaser complies with the terms and conditions of the transfer order.


 

Contact us: Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork.
Tel 021 4285351  Email: TPS2016@corkcoco.ie or use our Online  Enquiry Form

Local Authorities and Housing Associations in Ireland have specific powers to evict anyone who is engaging in Anti-Social Behaviours, such as drug dealing or any behaviour that might cause danger, injury, damage, or fear to people living in the area. This may include violence, threats, intimidation, or harassment. 


The Council can also refuse to let a dwelling, or sell one under the tenant purchase scheme on the grounds of Anti-Social Behaviour. The HSE may refuse or withdraw rent supplement for a privately rented dwelling where the person in question was evicted, excluded or removed from Local Authority housing on the grounds of Anti-Social Behaviour.


More details can be found in Cork County Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy

 

Divisional Operations South Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel 021 4285501, 4285215, 4285332, 4285327, 4285265 or use our  Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations North Cork, Housing Dept, Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Tel 022 21123 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations West Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Tel 023 8833328 or use our Online Enquiry Form

 

The government has allocated funding for Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies to lease or rent residential properties from private owners. Properties made available under the programme are used to accommodate households from Local Authority waiting lists. Leased properties are allocated to tenants in accordance with the relevant local authority’s allocation scheme.

 

Cork County Council is available to discuss proposals with owners of all types of properties who are interested in making properties available. 

 

Properties must be of good quality and can be new or previously occupied. Cork County Council will assess the suitability of properties proposed, with reference to the housing needs that have been identified for that area and their overall compliance with planning and building control. In return, the Local Authority will enter into a legal arrangement with the owner for the use of the property for an agreed term and guarantee rent payments for the term.

 

If you are a property owner and are interested in participating in this Scheme please read the Social Leasing Brochure. This booklet sets out in more detail the operation of the Scheme, the various types of Lease arrangement and includes a useful Questions and Answers Section.

 

If you wish to have your property or properties considered for the Scheme please submit the Property Submission.

Contact Us: Housing Options, Housing Department, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall Cork. Eircode: T12R2NC
Tel 021 4285527 or 021 4285526

Housing grants are provided to people who own their own home, or are tenants of Cork County Council, to help older people and those with a disability  to continue to live independently.

There are a number of grants available:

A Disabled Persons Grant may be applied for works to Cork County Council properties for people with a disability to be carried out to make it more suitable to meet the housing needs of an occupant of the property who has a disability.  Works may include: Ground floor bedroom and or bathroom facilities; Stair lift; Adapt existing bathroom to suit the needs of a disabled person.

 

The Mobility Aid Grant is available to private home owners.  It covers a basic range of works to address mobility problems. Works grant-aided under the Scheme includes grab-rails, access ramps, level access showers, and stair lifts.

 

The Housing Adaptation Grant is available to private home owners to assist in carrying out works which are reasonably necessary to render the house more suitable for the accommodation of a person who has an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment. 

 

The Housing Aid for Older People Grant is available to private home owners to assist people aged 66 or over, living in poor housing conditions, to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out.  The type of works grant-aided includes re-roofing, re-wiring, and the provision of central heating (where none exists)

 

Please return application form to the relevant divisional office: 

Divisional Operations South Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel 021 4285501, 4285215, 4285332, 4285327, 4285265 or use our  Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations North Cork, Housing Dept, Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Tel 022 21123 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations West Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Tel 023 8833328 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Do not make any alterations without getting written permission from Cork County Council. 

If approval is granted, you must ensure that any project/works/construction/maintenance/ repairs which are carried out by the Tenant personally, or by a Third Party/Contractor, are carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013. 

Further information available in the Tenant's Handbook

 

Contact Us:
South Cork
, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork  Tel 021 4285302
North Cork, Housing Dept, Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork Tel  022 30469
West Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork  Tel 023 8863728