Choice Based Letting

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 (pdf) 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: 021 4386635 or use our online enquiry forms: