Empty council houses to be sold off cheap

livin homes in Dean Bank, Ferryhill, will be sold off cheap

livin homes in Dean Bank, Ferryhill, will be sold off cheap

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COUNCIL houses are to be sold off cheap in an effort to regenerate run-down areas.

Durham County Council’s cabinet today (Wednesday, March 19) agreed to sell six homes in Leeholme, Coundon, at up to 35 per cent below market rate, while livin, former Sedgefield Borough Homes, will sell eight of its houses in Dean Bank, Ferryhill, with discounts of up to 30 per cent.

The home buyers will also be offered interest-free loans for repairs.

But the initiative is aimed at bringing empty homes back into use, so buyers must agree to live in them for at least five years.

Council chiefs say if the pilot scheme is successful, it could be extended to other struggling areas, such as Easington Colliery, Chilton West, Craghead and South Moor.

Ian Thompson, the council’s corporate director for regeneration and economic development, said it was a relatively small start and the authority would look at its success and decide whether it was worth rolling out to other areas.

The scheme is known as homesteading. In Stoke-on-Trent, homes were sold for £1 each. In Durham, houses could sell for as little as £16,250.

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6:39pm Wed 19 Mar 14

stevegg says...

These houses will be brought by buy to let investors as a cheap investment to let out for profit. I know this area and anyone wanting to buy a house, cheap or not, wont buy it there, its rundown and full of benefit scroungers. I guaruntee there will be ways and means to get around the 5 year residency rule which these landlords will exploit to the full.
These houses will be brought by buy to let investors as a cheap investment to let out for profit. I know this area and anyone wanting to buy a house, cheap or not, wont buy it there, its rundown and full of benefit scroungers. I guaruntee there will be ways and means to get around the 5 year residency rule which these landlords will exploit to the full. stevegg
  • Score: 7

7:33pm Wed 19 Mar 14

punkrocker says...

hope that if anyone buys these homes and then puts in private tenants then I hope council will take back ownership.
hope that if anyone buys these homes and then puts in private tenants then I hope council will take back ownership. punkrocker
  • Score: 11

8:42am Thu 20 Mar 14

Ally F says...

The council will only measure 'success' by how many unwanted houses they sell off.

A sure-fire way to scupper any chance of upward social mobility in a 'sink area' is to flog the only asset the area has - the housing stock - off on the cheap. It's condemning the area to absentee private landlords, DSS emergency rehousing cases, asylum seekers and those existing on benefits.

Such areas will be blighted indefinitely from the social problems that arise from sub-standard rented accommodation with a transitory population; low level crime, drugs, alcohol abuse, disproportionately high single parent families, anti-social behaviour, etc. All the ingredients necessary to create a problem ghetto.

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. You buy a terraced house at 30% below market value, spend a few grand tarting it up inside, but it will remain a damp prone and poorly insulated terraced house in an area unattractive to buyers and tenants alike. At best you might get market value for it if you ever manage to sell it.

The only long-term solution is to demolish poor quality unwanted housing stock and build more desirable replacements.
The council will only measure 'success' by how many unwanted houses they sell off. A sure-fire way to scupper any chance of upward social mobility in a 'sink area' is to flog the only asset the area has - the housing stock - off on the cheap. It's condemning the area to absentee private landlords, DSS emergency rehousing cases, asylum seekers and those existing on benefits. Such areas will be blighted indefinitely from the social problems that arise from sub-standard rented accommodation with a transitory population; low level crime, drugs, alcohol abuse, disproportionately high single parent families, anti-social behaviour, etc. All the ingredients necessary to create a problem ghetto. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. You buy a terraced house at 30% below market value, spend a few grand tarting it up inside, but it will remain a damp prone and poorly insulated terraced house in an area unattractive to buyers and tenants alike. At best you might get market value for it if you ever manage to sell it. The only long-term solution is to demolish poor quality unwanted housing stock and build more desirable replacements. Ally F
  • Score: -2

9:27am Thu 20 Mar 14

laboursfoe says...

Ally F wrote:
The council will only measure 'success' by how many unwanted houses they sell off.

A sure-fire way to scupper any chance of upward social mobility in a 'sink area' is to flog the only asset the area has - the housing stock - off on the cheap. It's condemning the area to absentee private landlords, DSS emergency rehousing cases, asylum seekers and those existing on benefits.

Such areas will be blighted indefinitely from the social problems that arise from sub-standard rented accommodation with a transitory population; low level crime, drugs, alcohol abuse, disproportionately high single parent families, anti-social behaviour, etc. All the ingredients necessary to create a problem ghetto.

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. You buy a terraced house at 30% below market value, spend a few grand tarting it up inside, but it will remain a damp prone and poorly insulated terraced house in an area unattractive to buyers and tenants alike. At best you might get market value for it if you ever manage to sell it.

The only long-term solution is to demolish poor quality unwanted housing stock and build more desirable replacements.
Hopefully they will use the money to create social housing for the next generation and those that need it now.

Also they should start looking at those that could afford to purchase occupied stock but choose not to. Compulsory purchase or vacate rules should be in place.
[quote][p][bold]Ally F[/bold] wrote: The council will only measure 'success' by how many unwanted houses they sell off. A sure-fire way to scupper any chance of upward social mobility in a 'sink area' is to flog the only asset the area has - the housing stock - off on the cheap. It's condemning the area to absentee private landlords, DSS emergency rehousing cases, asylum seekers and those existing on benefits. Such areas will be blighted indefinitely from the social problems that arise from sub-standard rented accommodation with a transitory population; low level crime, drugs, alcohol abuse, disproportionately high single parent families, anti-social behaviour, etc. All the ingredients necessary to create a problem ghetto. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. You buy a terraced house at 30% below market value, spend a few grand tarting it up inside, but it will remain a damp prone and poorly insulated terraced house in an area unattractive to buyers and tenants alike. At best you might get market value for it if you ever manage to sell it. The only long-term solution is to demolish poor quality unwanted housing stock and build more desirable replacements.[/p][/quote]Hopefully they will use the money to create social housing for the next generation and those that need it now. Also they should start looking at those that could afford to purchase occupied stock but choose not to. Compulsory purchase or vacate rules should be in place. laboursfoe
  • Score: 2

10:25am Thu 20 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

I known some people over the years given lovely Council Houses (Who checked their so called references God only knows) and these houses have been cannibalised, wrecked, and vandalised by the free benefit state TENANTS who NEVER paid rent and/or ANY rent arrears. They turned the once lovely gardens to 'ugly litter, lager can strewed tips' and 'sold off' the garden metal council railings to the local scappies. So much for you pre-Council House 'References and Council Rent Charters', not worth a light nowadays.
I known some people over the years given lovely Council Houses (Who checked their so called references God only knows) and these houses have been cannibalised, wrecked, and vandalised by the free benefit state TENANTS who NEVER paid rent and/or ANY rent arrears. They turned the once lovely gardens to 'ugly litter, lager can strewed tips' and 'sold off' the garden metal council railings to the local scappies. So much for you pre-Council House 'References and Council Rent Charters', not worth a light nowadays. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 0

10:28am Thu 20 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Probably be rented out free, to workshy, long tern benefit state druggies and end up like so many others, 'lager drug can and needle strewn slums' God what a Country now, now wonder people are flocking to 'UKIP'..
Probably be rented out free, to workshy, long tern benefit state druggies and end up like so many others, 'lager drug can and needle strewn slums' God what a Country now, now wonder people are flocking to 'UKIP'.. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Fri 21 Mar 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

cushybutterfield wrote:
Probably be rented out free, to workshy, long tern benefit state druggies and end up like so many others, 'lager drug can and needle strewn slums' God what a Country now, now wonder people are flocking to 'UKIP'..
'what a rotten singer and what a rotten song' as my granny used to say about moaners, instead of constantly whinging and being negative why don't you give us the benefit of your gigantic intellect and extensive knowledge of the world to make one positive suggestion.

No thought not xx
[quote][p][bold]cushybutterfield[/bold] wrote: Probably be rented out free, to workshy, long tern benefit state druggies and end up like so many others, 'lager drug can and needle strewn slums' God what a Country now, now wonder people are flocking to 'UKIP'..[/p][/quote]'what a rotten singer and what a rotten song' as my granny used to say about moaners, instead of constantly whinging and being negative why don't you give us the benefit of your gigantic intellect and extensive knowledge of the world to make one positive suggestion. No thought not xx OldBiddyFrom Barney
  • Score: 1

10:16pm Sat 22 Mar 14

bambara says...

cushybutterfield wrote:
Probably be rented out free, to workshy, long tern benefit state druggies and end up like so many others, 'lager drug can and needle strewn slums' God what a Country now, now wonder people are flocking to 'UKIP'..
What do you mean cushy?
Flocking to UKIP to protest against what are mostly native English people who are living like you describe (because most of the immigrants are coming here to work as the figures prove.)
Or is that "workshy, long term benefit state druggues" a description of the type of people who are flocking to UKIP?
[quote][p][bold]cushybutterfield[/bold] wrote: Probably be rented out free, to workshy, long tern benefit state druggies and end up like so many others, 'lager drug can and needle strewn slums' God what a Country now, now wonder people are flocking to 'UKIP'..[/p][/quote]What do you mean cushy? Flocking to UKIP to protest against what are mostly native English people who are living like you describe (because most of the immigrants are coming here to work as the figures prove.) Or is that "workshy, long term benefit state druggues" a description of the type of people who are flocking to UKIP? bambara
  • Score: 0

12:05am Sun 23 Mar 14

theWorkerScum says...

stevegg wrote:
These houses will be brought by buy to let investors as a cheap investment to let out for profit. I know this area and anyone wanting to buy a house, cheap or not, wont buy it there, its rundown and full of benefit scroungers. I guaruntee there will be ways and means to get around the 5 year residency rule which these landlords will exploit to the full.
Then wants the issue if u claim u know the area and wouldn't buy here and the council won't do their job then someone has to pick up the pieces. The only people being exploited is the apparent landlords u claim will buy them. U can't have it both ways! How often I hear the same sorry tune in so many ways.
[quote][p][bold]stevegg[/bold] wrote: These houses will be brought by buy to let investors as a cheap investment to let out for profit. I know this area and anyone wanting to buy a house, cheap or not, wont buy it there, its rundown and full of benefit scroungers. I guaruntee there will be ways and means to get around the 5 year residency rule which these landlords will exploit to the full.[/p][/quote]Then wants the issue if u claim u know the area and wouldn't buy here and the council won't do their job then someone has to pick up the pieces. The only people being exploited is the apparent landlords u claim will buy them. U can't have it both ways! How often I hear the same sorry tune in so many ways. theWorkerScum
  • Score: 0

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