Kerry cllr in favour of tougher sanctions for multiple housing offer refusals

Cllr for Kerry County Council Jimmy Moloney (FF) Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD ©

A Kerry County Councillor is in favour of tougher sanctions for those who refuse social housing on more than two occasions.

The Department of Housing is proposing that local authorities would not offer housing to people for five years if they refuse twice.

Currently, people are suspended for one year.

Around 2,800 households are on Kerry County Council’s social housing waiting list.

Last year, there were 67 refusals of housing; 31 of those were deemed unreasonable.

Fianna Fail Cllr Jimmy Moloney says there needs to be a strong reason to refuse housing:

 

Among the most common reasons for social housing refusals are concerns about anti-social behaviour and distance from their families.

Independent Cllr Donal Grady says more needs to be done to tackle anti-social behaviour: