Over one in four social homes turned down despite housing crisis

Some properties were reportedly turned down because applicants didn't like the interior decoration.

More than one in four social houses are being turned down in Dublin despite the ongoing housing crisis - writes dublinlive.ie.

Out of 1,009 houses offered to people on the Dublin City Council waiting list last year, 300 applicants turned them down or didn't respond to the offer - according to figures obtained by the Sunday Independent.

Reasons for applicants turning down accommodation included it being too small, too big, or if they are on the ground floor or too high in a complex.

Almost 200 people rejected accommodation because they believed the property was "not suitable" for their needs.

It is also reported that some properties were turned down because applicants didn't like the interior decoration - such as the carpet colour.

In June and July, Dublin City Council offered 414 houses, 27% of which were turned down according to the figures.

While when a property was turned down, the applicant remained in the same position on the housing list until another one became available.

If the local authority believes the applicant is refusing without a valid reason they can move them down the list.

But if they reject more than one reasonable offer in a 12-month period they can be suspended from the list for a year and cannot claim rent supplement.

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