New social housing rules could reduce the number of rejected house offers

Donegal County Council

It's being predicted that new rules for social housing waiting lists are predicted to cut the numbers of potential tenants turning down homes.

Under the changes those who are lower down the list can boost their chances by asking to live in less popular areas.

The Environment Minister hopes the move will dramatically decrease the amount of refusals - the Irish Times revealed last year that nearly 2-thousand housing offers were rejected, 183 of them in Donegal.

If successful the rule change could also reduce the amount of properties lying vacant around the country.