New Affordable Housing welcomed in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown
Sinn Féin Councillor for Sandyford Glencullen, Chris Curran has welcomed the release of a Department of Environment Housing and Local Government circular that begins the process of affordable housing across the country as well as the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council area.
However, he has expressed concerns that a lost opportunity could prevent these housing units from being starter homes forever.
Speaking this evening, Curran said;
”The old system of affordable housing had one failure. That was that once a unit was sold on, the state no longer retained any ownership.
“I would ask the Minister to ensure that the legislation includes the council's ownership, perpetually. In doing so, it would ensure that these housing units would always be affordable starter homes.
“The biggest problem affecting potential buyers in Dublin is affordability and the purpose of this scheme is affordability. It makes sense that these units remain that way for generations.
“It is expected that each council area will have its own scheme and that the council can retain ownership of up to 40%
"From discussions with council officials, the qualification criteria and order of priority could include; that an applicant must be living in the county for at least 12 months.
“Another criteria could be that the units being applied for must meet the accommodation needs of the applicant and their families.
“The distance of the units to the school of the applicant's children is expected to also form part of the criteria.
“The order of priority will be within the scope of councillors.
“If the scheme is oversubscribed with applicants criteria being equal, it will then be decided on a first come first served basis.
“Also I understand that this new scheme will have no clawback and the council will retain its share until the unit is sold.”